Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is to take part in this year's London Marathon, in aid of raising funds for the Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust. And the 51-year-old will attempt to complete the gruelling 26 mile run through the capital less than 24 hours after his side play Fulham at Craven Cottage, hoping to seal another three-points in their quest for Premier League survival. "You only have to walk a mile down the road from the Football Club to leave behind the affluence of the Premier League and enter the real world," he told the club's official website. "It is not just about the poorly kiddies there at the Donna Louise Children's Hospice, but also the parents who go through such a lot themselves. As a father of three myself, I can imagine what that must be like for them. "I've ran it before when I was 40 so I know how hard it will be, especially as I won't have anywhere near as much preperation time as I did that time. "I got a late wildcard into the marathon through BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce, who is also taking part, and I think he left it as late as possible so he can get ahead of me in terms of fitness! "I'm determined to finish it though even if I have to walk round the latter parts." To sponsor Tony, visit www.justgiving.com/tonypulis.
25 March 2009
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