H’Angus the Monkey is set for another epic charity challenge next month – when he joins Pools boss Colin Cooper in the Great North Run!
Last season the crazy monkey mascot walked eighteen miles in pouring rain from the Club’s training ground in Durham to Victoria Park for our game with Yeovil Town.
And he was always looking for another physical challenge this year to raise money for a good cause – and taking part in the Great North Run for the Finlay Cooper Fund fits the bill!
H’Angus will join 41 other runners competing on behalf of the Fund on Sunday 15th September and Pools boss Cooper is proud that so many people are backing their drive to support local children’s charities.
“We bought 20 spots for Great North Run and they went very, very quickly so we were able to get fifteen more from another charity who weren’t using them,” he explained.
“We then got seven more to boost the overall total to 42 runners which is brilliant for the Fund and it makes us very proud.
“We were the leading charity with 70 runners in the Middlesbrough 10k so putting that in to context it’s fantastic that we will now have so many in what is one of the most famous half marathons in the world.
“Anyone who supports us by sponsoring the runners, or attending any event, is very much appreciated because it allows us to do what we love doing best – making donations to worthy children’s causes.”
Cooper completed the Great North Run in 2012 in one hour and fifty minutes but he’s hoping he can shave some time off in this year’s event.
“I have to say that I’d never done a half marathon before last year but I loved every single minute of it.
“I don’t know if I will ever get round to doing a full marathon but the support you get from the crowds right from coming out of Newcastle all the way to South Shields is incredible and for those 50,000 people it’s a God send.
“I’m hoping I can get down to doing eight and a quarter minute miles which will get me somewhere closer to finishing in one hour and forty-five so we’ll see.”
And Cooper has some special advice all the way from Tanzania for his monkey mascot running companion ahead of the big day.
“When we were climbing Mount Kilimanjaro we got told ‘Pole, Pole’ which is a Swahili saying which means ‘Slowly, Slowly.
“I’m sure H’Angus will be very warm and find it tough going but if he takes it slowly and goes at a steady pace I’m sure he’ll be fine.”
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