Members of the award winning Swindon based Wessex Male Choir are taking part in the London Big Half Marathon tomorrow.

They will walk and sing around the route starting by Tower Bridge and finishing, 13 exhausting miles later, at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

The guys, supported by some of their partners, will be taking part to raise funds for Parkinsons UK, a cause close to many of their hearts and for which the choir has raised over £65000 over the last 10 years.

Jeff Hannath, who has coordinated the event said: "Raising money for Parkinsons UK is dear to me as my family has been directly affected by this disease and every penny raised will help them to support suffers and hopefully find a cure. We have been training hard and it will be great to raise the profile of the Wessex and take us to our goal of raising £100,000 for Parkinsons UK in the near future."

As well as their marathon venture, the choir has its usual packed programme for this year, beginning with a free men’s singing workshop on Saturday, April 28 with the acclaimed choral director Mark Burstow. The workshop will be held at the Church of Christ the Servant in Abbey Meads Swindon from 9.30am to 4.30pm. To book a place or for more information email

As well as competing in the North Somerset Festival in Bath and the Cheltenham Festival of Arts this year the cchoir will perform their Summer concert at Steam on July 14 along with AK47 from Ashton Keynes.

To support the runners with their fundraising efforts visit