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Football League manager running today’s marathon

Southend United manager Chris Powell is running in today’s London Marathon.

Powell will be tackling the 26.2 mile course across the capital to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

He has supported the work of Prostate Cancer UK, including sporting the charity’s ‘Man of Men’ pin badge on touchlines up and down the land.

As quoted from an article on Southend United’s website: “Hearing the statistic that one man now dies every 45 minutes was tough to take in. You would be a man down by half time, and down to nine men after 90 minutes if we applied this to a football match. One in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime, but as a black guy the statistics are even more shocking – one in four.

“I wanted to do something about it, so I’ve signed up to run for Prostate Cancer UK in the London Marathon. I’ll be running in a team of 180 and am honoured to be part of a wider ‘one in four’ quartet which will be further spreading awareness. A remarkable guy called Thomas Kagezi, a man living with prostate cancer, represents that man. So, its extra pertinent.

“I’ve heard so much about the London Marathon experience so I’m excited about those 26 miles in April, although slightly nervous too. The fact I will be raising money to make a difference to men and their loved ones is all the motivation I need, though.”

He’s raised £7,615 of the current target of £8,000. You can help by donating by clicking HERE.


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