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Pools Fan Conquers Latest Charity Challenge

20 March 2015

Yet another charity challenge under his belt as Consett AFC centre-circle is conquered by Pools fan Paul.

Running-mad Pools fan Paul Smith has completed yet another athletic charity challenge – this time raising funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Bobby Moore Fund.

Paul, 52, wanted to do something extra special to mark the 3,000th consecutive day of his incredible ‘run streak’ and hit upon the idea of running 30 miles around a centre-circle!

The venue was Consett AFC’s Belle Vue Stadium and Paul – dressed as England legend Bobby Moore - completed the epic run in five hours and six minutes, completing a head-spinning 848 laps.

“This was my personal tribute to two great football ‘Bobbys’ and a chance to do something to help their cancer charities too,” he explained.

“It was hard and I just had to get my head down and get on with it. The last three miles were especially difficult and I slowed down a bit then.

“I’m just so pleased to have successfully done it. I’d love to raise £1,966 for the charities, that’s my aim, and I’m so happy to get the run under my belt – it’s been a great day.”

In the past, Paul has run to support other local and national causes, including a run between the region’s football grounds which raised over £4,000 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Finlay Cooper Fund.

“I ran about a mile on the pitch with Paul and that was more than enough for me,” admitted Liz Luff, from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

“We’re very grateful to Paul and to everyone who has supported his efforts. It’s a great achievement and a memorable way to celebrate running for 3,000 consecutive days.”

 www.virginmoneygiving.com/lordsmythe1908If you want to sponsor Paul for his efforts and help out these two worthwhile charities then you can visit his donation page at

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