Norwich City director to run London Marathon in memory of club’s maintenance manager
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Norwich City's technical director is to run the London Marathon in memory of a club stalwart who died from skin cancer.
Ricky Martin is to take on the 26-mile challenge next month following the death of Carrow Road maintenance manager Trevor Lemmon.
The 57-year-old, who had been heavily involved with the club for more than 13 years, died aged 57 in September 2013.
Mr Martin, 40, is now hoping to raise £10,000 for the Skin Cancer Research Fund in his memory.
He said: 'I have been involved in football for a very long time, where I have spent many days stood on the side of pitches in the sun so I am aware that there is a very important link between football and skin cancer awareness that we should all be promoting.
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'Trevor was a very close family friend, and was involved in important stages of my life. I will run in Trevor's memory and for the research fund – causes that are both very important to me.'
Mr Lemmon had been a well-known figure in local football and at Norwich City FC.
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Following his death three years ago, the first team squad paid tribute to him by wearing black armbands during their game against Tottenham Hotspur. His wife, Val, also played a huge part with the club, serving as PA to the first team managers for over two decades.
She said: 'Having worked alongside Ricky when he ran the London Marathon the first time, I know how hard it is to fit in all the training he has to do into his extremely busy work schedule. For him to put himself through this again to run in memory of Trevor is such a fantastic gesture.
'Trevor loved life and football was a big part of his life, both playing and managing local grassroots teams for many years, managing our sons' youth teams and working for the club he supported from childhood. He would be so proud of this.'
It will be the second time that Mr Martin has run the London Marathon.
This time he was hoping to complete the race, which takes place on April 24, in less than four hours.
Norfolk County FA chief executive, Shaun Turner added: 'Trevor was such a big character in the local game, and I really hope Norfolk's fantastic footballing community gets fully behind Ricky and supports him in achieving his ambitious target.'
To donate to Ricky and the Skin Cancer Research Fund, visit his Virgin Money Giving page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RickyMartin2016
Are you fundraising for a worthy cause? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684.