STRIKER Ji Dong-Won is swapping his football boots for running shoes to support a charity event.
Now in its second year, the Lambton Runs will be raising cash for Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light as well as Willow Burn Hospice.
Held on the Lambton Estate, near Chester-le-Street, it will host a 10k run as well as a 3k family run.
The event is being sponsored by the Sir Tom Cowie Charitable Trust, set up in the former Black Cats chairman’s honour.
Other sponsors include Lambton Estate and Cestria Community Housing.
Events co-ordinator at Foundation of Light, Katrina Quinn, said: “Ji has been fantastic in lending support to the Foundation through promoting our activities.
“Although there may be a language barrier, he, like all of the Sunderland AFC players, understands the importance and value of what we do and is keen to get involved.
“The Lambton runs are a great opportunity for both seasoned runners and community-minded amateurs to take part in a fantastic event held in one of the region’s most picturesque settings.”
The Lambton Runs take place on Sunday, June 24.
T-shirts and goody bags will be given to all race finishers.
The minimum age of participants for the 10k run is 17 and all participants are asked to pledge to raise a minimum of £20 sponsorship money.
Entry fee for 10k United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) members is £10 and £12 for unattached runners.
The 3k fee for UKA members is £5 and £6 for unattached runners.
Booking forms are available from www.foundationoflight.co.uk, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 551 5191.
Those wishing to run do not have much longer to enter, with forms having to be returned with an entry fee no later than June 1.