The Shearer Seven Take Centre Stage On Sunday
Alan Shearer will be urging his team on to great things this weekend.
The region’s sporting icon is supporting his squad of seven who are taking part in Sunday’s Great North Run to raise funds for the Alan Shearer Foundation.
The line-up of five women and two men will be representing the charity in the race for the first time this year, though there are no plans for the soccer pundit to put on a running vest himself as footballing injuries have scuppered any ambition Alan may have had to take part in the run. He told the BBCTV One Show recently that his knees would not cope with the 13.1 miles of pounding on the tarmac route from Newcastle to South Shields.
Nicola Milne, the Foundation’s operations manager said: “As a new charity we weren’t quick enough off the mark this year to register for charity places so we’ve been lucky to have these volunteers run for us this time round. We have participants coming from Stratford and Liverpool, as well as a couple running in the junior run on Saturday.”
“We are delighted with the efforts everyone is making to support and fundraise for the Foundation through this weekend’s activities. Even the charity’s communication manager, Adele Southern, gained her entry in the run through the Journal’s competition when she applied in verse for one of the last 100 places,” she said.
Inspired by the newspaper’s columnist and poet Kate Fox, the application appealed to race organisers to give Adele a place to help raise funds for the Foundation:
If I had a place in this year’s Great Race,
I’d run for the Shearer Foundation,
I’d be “Heed awa heels
To run to Sooth Sheels,”
For the thought of a pledge or donation.
So, I hope that you’ll give me a “Yes”,
Though, I’m not different, no quirks I’ll confess,
I won’t carry a ‘fridge,
When I cross the Tyne Bridge,
No bathchair, nor in fancy dress.
A race number would let me compete,
In this iconic half marathon feat,
And to aid those less able,
I’d be wearing a label,
Saying: “Please give by text or by tweet”!
The Foundation was launched by the North East social care charity, St Cuthberts Care, in 2012 with the aim of raising £250,000 a year to fund the Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle – their highly specialist respite, residential and social provision for children and adults with complex disabilities and sensory impairments.
To support the Foundation’s Great North Run team visit their My Donate website at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/asf or, for more information, visit the charity’s website at www.alanshearerfoundation.org.uk, or contact Nicola Milne on 0191 228 0111.
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