The Race of Life
'The Race of Life' - 1000 years after the martyrdom of Alfege, one of the last Saxon Archbishops of Canterbury, from St Alfege's Greenwich, near the London Marathon start line. Alfege was killed by soldiers of the invading Danish army on 19th April 1012 at Greenwich. Alfege gave up his life to protect his flock from oppression at the hand of the invader, refusing to allow himself to be ransomed. After his death he was much venerated, and came to be regarded as a saint who could be honoured by both Dane and Saxon. So Alfege is commemorated both as a martyr for justice and as a symbol of reconciliation between peoples. With The Revd Chris Moody & The Venerable Christine Hardman, Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich. Director of Music: Stephen Dagg. Organist: Richard Brasier. Producer: Mark O'Brien.