Men set to run for football legend

MEN of all ages and sizes are being urged to pull on their trainers and Run for Moore to help tackle bowel cancer. Organised by the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, the 5k men-only run takes place at Ipswich's Chantry Park on Sunday, June 8.

MEN of all ages and sizes are being urged to pull on their trainers and Run for Moore to help tackle bowel cancer.

Organised by the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, the 5k men-only run takes place at Ipswich's Chantry Park on Sunday, June 8.

It is hoped the event will raise more than £63,000 to help fund research into bowel cancer - the disease which claimed the life of England's 1966 World Cup winning captain in 1993 at the age of 51.

And organisers hope football fans will unite to not only celebrate and remember Bobby Moore as one of the country's most inspirational footballers, but also compete against men from five other English towns and cities.

The town or city that finishes the 5k course in the fastest time and raises the most sponsorship money will be crowned champions of the Run for Moore League. Ipswich faces tough competition from London, Oxford, Manchester, Hull and Bristol

Ex-England goalkeeper, David Seaman MBE, who is patron of the Bobby Moore Fund and is supporting Run for Moore 2008, said: “I always have a great time taking part in Run for Moore but this year is going to be even more entertaining.

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“The stakes have been raised and there's local pride on the line.

“I'm continually impressed at how many men turn out to run and that is testament to how much fun the event is and the buzz you get from knowing you're raising money for a great cause - and in the name of such a great man.”

Bobby Moore's wife, Stephanie, set up the fund to raise money for research into bowel cancer - the second largest cause of cancer death in the UK.

She said: “This year we decided to add a competitive element to Run for Moore because we know men like a challenge! We hope it'll inspire the men of Ipswich to sign up and support their home.”

It is hoped the 2008 Run for Moore series will raise over £420,000 nationally for research into bowel cancer, which kills 44 people every day in the UK.

For more information visit www.runformoore.org/Ipswich.

Will you be running for Moore? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

Visit Cancer Research UK for more information on the Bobby Moore Fund and how you can take part.