The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has assembled a team of representatives to participate in the London Marathon for the Farm Africa charity.

The 26.2 mile London Marathon will take place on Sunday, April 21, 2024.

The NFU team comprises NFU external affairs manager, Emma Crosby; NFU external affairs adviser, Jen Cox; and NFU media adviser, Lizzy Milne.

The NFU aims to raise £6,000 for Farm Africa, a charity working to reduce poverty in east Africa by helping farmers grow and sell more using sustainable practices.

NFU president Tom Bradshaw said: “I’m really proud of Team NFU for taking on the challenge of running the London Marathon for another year to help support the brilliant work that Farm Africa does.

“While we’re facing challenges of our own, those challenges are also being felt by farmers across the globe and its vital that we work together.

“Having run the race myself in 2021 for Farm Africa, I don’t envy the number of miles ahead of Team NFU, but the funds raised will help support family farms in east Africa to build sustainable businesses and overcome poverty.”

Team NFU

External affairs manager, Crosby, works in the union’s London office and leads its food and farming political engagement strategy. This will be her fourth marathon.

NFU external affairs adviser, Cox, also works in the union’s London office and leads its young farmer political engagement strategy.

The London Marathon will be her first marathon.

NFU media adviser, Milne, works in the NFU’s national press team and curates Back British Farming messages for national press publications throughout the year. This will also be her first marathon.

The trio said: “As a group of women working in the agriculture industry and championing British food security, we are delighted to be running the London marathon in support of Farm Africa.

“Farmers all over the world are being hit by challenge after challenge as the climate crisis accelerates, threatening food security.

“Farm Africa helps smallholder farmers across eastern Africa to implement climate-smart agricultural practices to grow and sell more, while protecting the environment for generations to come.

“Farm Africa also works tirelessly to close the gender gap by prioritising support for female smallholder farmers, who are often most vulnerable to the effects of climate change while simultaneously being left out of climate change decision-making processes.”