Members of Exeter City’s management team will be taking on a half marathon challenge in a couple of weeks.
The group will be joining hundreds of people running on paths alongside the River Exe for the half marathon which is organised by the club’s charity partner, Exeter City Community Trust and takes place over the weekend of February 10 and 11.
And the group, which consists of assistant manager Kev Nicholson, head of performance and wellbeing Jon Pitts, sports scientist Tom Yates, first team sports therapist Sam Alfieri and U9-U10 Cell Lead Coach (PPTCS) Yemi Odubade, have been preparing for the event by challenging themselves to complete 5k a day throughout January.
They will be raising money for the Exeter City Community Fund which supports six local charities, who are Exeter City Community Trust, Exeter Community Initiatives, Alright Mate? CiC, Exeter Leukaemia Fund, Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services and Refugee Support Devon.
Kev Nicholson, said: “We had the pleasure of doing it last year and it was an incredible event, really well run. It was the first time I'd done a half marathon distance with a group of people and the atmosphere and environment was brilliant.
“We did well in terms of raising some money for charities which is really what it all about, as well as giving us a chance to kind of bond through the training. When the day comes we'll all be a little bit nervous - it's not a nice feeling when you're halfway through it and you realise you still got another five or six miles to go, but it’s an incredible experience and we're looking forward to it.”
Kev added: “It also ties in with what the club is about. It is not just football on a Saturday, there's a lot more that goes into Exeter City, the club does a huge amount of work in the community and I think it's really important that the players, coaching and Academy staff get involved in that and we help promote it.
“We have a Just Giving page and we’re very grateful to anyone who is able to donate to these worthy causes. It all adds up and so if there is anybody out there that would like to donate and help us, we would be very grateful.”
The Exeter Half Marathon, which take place on Saturday and Sunday February 10 and 11 is sold out.
To donate to Exeter City Community Fund, please click here.