Runners to celebrate ‘66 World Cup win at Norwich event
A running aficionado will be taking part in a charity race this weekend alongside a 25-strong team after appealing to colleagues and sports teammates.
Keith Blake, who works for H Brett & Son stonemasons in Watton, will be taking to the streets of Norwich for the Run Norwich 10K.
He and his team will be combining the run with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of England's World Cup victory, and will be raising money for the Bobby Moore Fund in memory of the football team's captain.
Mr Blake, who took part in the first Run Norwich event last year, said: 'I've gone through the process before of running for charities, but this was the way of celebrating the 50th anniversary of winning the World Cup.'
The 56-year-old from Ketteringham started running around six years ago but has recently overcome bowel cancer – the terminal illness from which the England captain died.
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His first charity run was the Great South Run in Portsmouth, but he has since tackled marathons in London and New York.
For this year's Run Norwich event, keen footballer Mr Blake appealed to his teammates and colleagues to join him, including his brother and co-director at H Brett & Son, Paul.
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He now has a team of 25 people from across Norfolk to join him on the race on Sunday, which will take competitors past iconic Norwich landmarks including the Forum, the castle and cathedral, and Carrow Road.
He said: 'People who have never run before have said yes, which is fantastic, and there are a couple of runners who have done far more marathons than me.
'We're just going to get together and celebrate the fact that we used to be good at football. We're really looking forward to it.
'The run is good fun and it's good for your wellbeing, but raising the money for charity is what it's all about at the end of the day.'
To donate to their online fundraising page go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for 'Keith Blake'.