Micky’s on his marks

Sunderland AFC veteran Micky Horswill mimics the Stokoe statue at the start of  his run in the Sunderland City 10k race at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland AFC veteran Micky Horswill mimics the Stokoe statue at the start of his run in the Sunderland City 10k race at the Stadium of Light.
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BLACK Cats favourite Micky Horswill warms up ahead of tomorrow’s first Sunderland City 10k race.

The SAFC veteran will be just one of thousands on the starting line at the Stadium of Light for the big event.

Many more are expected to line the streets as runners pound the pavement for charity.

Micky, who was a vital part of the famous SAFC team that won the FA Cup in 1973, hailed the race as a “fantastic” event for Sunderland.

“It’s the first one and, hopefully, it will be great and great over the years to come, too,” said Micky, now a pundit on Real Radio’s Legends show.

Micky, 58, is set to take part alongside other former players Richie Pitt, Bobby Kerr, Jimmy Shoulder, Graham Reed, Peter Stronach, Dick Malone, Winston Young and Alan Crudace as part of celebrations to mark SAFC Foundation’s 10th Birthday.

The team will be wearing SAFC Foundation branded running vests and collecting change from those watching the runners go by.

Micky added: “I do loads of things for the foundation, because it’s great.

“They are the biggest foundation in the Football League and everything they do is all good work for children in the area.”

The statue built in memory of Micky’s manager during that famous cup run, Bob Stokoe, will provide start and finish point at the Stadium of Light for tomorrow’s race, which Micky says will make the run extra special for him personally.

“I don’t notice the statue that often to be honest,” said Micky

“But people make you aware and it brings everything back straight away.

“He was my manager at first but as that team became a family, he became my friend.”

Dawn Day, community fund-raising co-ordinator commented, said: “It’s fantastic that so many former players are willing to support the Foundation and give back to the community that supported them when they were on the pitch.”

To donate towards the former Sunderland players’ effort, go to www.justgiving.com/Foundation10k.

For more details on tomorrow’s race visit www.sunderlandcity10k.com

•For a full report on the 10k and pictures, see Monday’s Echo.

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