Seasiders stars join the big fun run

Blackpool Football Club's Tom Ince and Matt Phillips. Below: James Veevers is running the 10k fun run on his 30th birthday.

Blackpool Football Club's Tom Ince and Matt Phillips. Below: James Veevers is running the 10k fun run on his 30th birthday.

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Blackpool’s footballers are pledging their support to this year’s Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run, in aid of Trinity Hospice.

Fresh from the end of the season, Blackpool Football Club is flying the flag for Trinity Hospice – organisers and beneficiaries of this year’s event.

James Veevers is running the Blackpool 10k fun run on his 30th birthday

James Veevers is running the Blackpool 10k fun run on his 30th birthday

A spokeswoman for the hospice said: “It’s great to have the support of Blackpool FC. They have done a lot for us over the years and to have them backing the Fun Run is a real boost.

“It’s really encouraging to have Tom Ince and Matt Phillips flying the flag for us.”

With just over a week to go, nearly 2,000 people are signed up to take part.

One of them is James Veevers, who will be running on his 30th birthday.

And he is asking for donations to Trinity Hospice in lieu of birthday presents.

He said: “I’ve never done anything like this before. I run short distances so 10k will be the furthest I’ve ran.

“The race falls on my 30th birthday and I decided instead of people buying me gifts and cards that they should make a donation to charity.

“I am nervous, but I’m excited about doing it. It’ll be fun.”

James has signed up for the fun run through his gym, Reform Health Club on Milbourne Street, Blackpool, which has put together a team of 15 for the event.

And while he will know the other team members, he’s determined to run alone.

“I don’t want to hold anyone back,” he said.

James, of Patterdale Avenue, Marton, is raising money for Trinity Hospice.

He said: “I am happy to support Trinity Hospice in any way I can, particularly for its work at Brian House. I just feel it’s a very worthwhile cause.

“I don’t have a target, just anything I can raise will be great.”

James is training at Reform and will be doing a dry run of the race along the Promenade over the next week, before the event on May 12.

He added: “I am confident I can do it.

“It would be brilliant if I could do it in under an hour, but I’ll be happy just to finish it without my legs collapsing from underneath me.”

• Sponsor James by visiting www.justgiving.com/James-Veevers.

• To register before the event, fill in the entry form right and send it to Trinity Hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham, or visit www.beaverbrooksfunrun.org.uk.

BLACKPOOL 10K FUN RUN: Click here for our Fun Run minisite including entry form and gallery from last year’s event..