Stars back Pompey People’s Run

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THEY are used to running around a pitch but now two Pompey stars will be cheering on thousands of people doing a charity run.

Academy graduate Jack Whatmough and former goalkeeper Alan Knight are supporting the Pompey People’s Run.

(back l-r) Samantha Piggott from Portsmouth Disabled Supporters Association, Pompey FC player Jack Whatmough, Chief executive of Pompey in the Community Clare Martin with Pompey FC mascots and (front l-r) Basher Benfield, Steve Tovey, treasurer of the Portsmouth Supporters Trust, Jim Cowan, organiser of the Pompey People's Run and Pompey legend Alan Knight at the launch.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150280-7939)

(back l-r) Samantha Piggott from Portsmouth Disabled Supporters Association, Pompey FC player Jack Whatmough, Chief executive of Pompey in the Community Clare Martin with Pompey FC mascots and (front l-r) Basher Benfield, Steve Tovey, treasurer of the Portsmouth Supporters Trust, Jim Cowan, organiser of the Pompey People's Run and Pompey legend Alan Knight at the launch.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150280-7939)

It is a fundraiser for the charity Pompey in the Community.

Whatmough, 18, said: ‘It’s a good cause to be involved with it means me and the club can help out the community.’

Jack will be at the finish line to cheer participants to the end and hand out medals on the day

Everyone who takes part will receive a Pompey People’s Run T-shirt in the colours of the club’s kit, as well as a goody bag.

The race is open to everyone no matter what ability they are.

The idea is that you can jog it, run it or walk it. Pompey legend Knight is hoping that he will be able to take part in the run with his family.

‘I’m waiting to have a hip operation but even if I do have it before the race then I will still take part but it means that someone will have to push me in a wheelchair,’ said Knight.

The charity behind the run, Pompey in the Community, hopes that it will encourage people to get fit and healthy while supporting a good cause.

Chief executive Clare Martin said: ‘We’re delighted to be working in collaboration with the academy to raise funds for community and player development across the city.

‘It will help us extend the facilities that we have at the ground and include further classrooms as well as a cooking area.’

Pompey in the Community is sending information packs to schools in the hope that children will sign up to complete the run.

‘We would love to have loads of kids running the race, enjoying themselves and raising money for the charity,’ said Clare.

The 5km run from Southsea seafront to Fratton Park takes place on Sunday, May 17.

Entrants are being given the opportunity to raise more money by sponsorship through the downloadable sponsor form or at the online Just Giving page.

To find out more go to pompeypeoplesrun.uk