Whitburn family set to take part in the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation’s Football Run

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is urging members of the public to get involved in their Football Run on what would have been the footballing legend’s 88th birthday.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 6:00 am

Today (Thursday, February 18) marks Sir Bobby Robson’s 88th birthday and the charity cancer that he set up before his death have launched their new fundraising activity.

Sir Bobby’s Football Run is aiming to help support the work of the charity and keep football supporters active during the current lockdown – by challenging them to run the same distance a top-flight footballer.

Typically, players run around 10km over a 90-minute match, so to complete the Football Run and ‘run a match’, participants will run 10km, whenever suits them best.

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From left: Harry, Joe, Emily and Nico Gettins who are all taking part in Sir Bobby's Football Run.

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Anyone taking part is encouraged to wear their football club shirts during the challenge, something which Sir Bobby’s widow, Lady Elsie Robson is backing.

Lady Elsie said: “I think this is a wonderful idea because it’s helping raise funds for our Foundation but also getting people out and about safely during lockdown.

“We’ve had magnificent support from everyone within the whole football community and this is a lovely way of bringing together both football and fundraising.

“It’s such a positive thing to announce on Bob’s birthday, too, because he did love his birthdays. He’d talk about them for weeks in advance.

"We hope it’s something that lots of people will be able to join in with and enjoy.”

Emily Gettins, a carer from Whitburn, and her three sons, Harry, 13, Joe, 10, and Nico, five, are all looking forward to taking part in the fundraiser.

Emily commented: “Our family is really looking forward to taking part in Sir Bobby’s Football Run.

“It’s a great opportunity to keep us all active while also raising funds for a fantastic charity. The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation makes such a difference to people across our region and beyond.”

If you wish for more information on Sir Bobby’s Football Run or want to sign up, then you can do so by visiting sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk.

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