ON SUNDAY Tony Male will line up to take on his 20th Great South Run alongside Pompey legend Linvoy Primus.
Better known as Touchline Tony, the 52-year-old is in charge of entertainment at Fratton Park on match days and is a familiar face to Blues fans.
He has taken on every Great South Run for the last 19 years – as well as 11 London Marathons and two New York Marathons – to raise thousands of pounds for a range of worthy causes.
This year his sights are set on collecting money for Faith and Football, which Linvoy founded to help deprived youngsters fulfil their potential.
‘It is my all-time favourite run,’ he said. ‘The course is fast and flat and there are always loads of Pompey fans cheering us on when they see the shirts we’re wearing.
‘I’ve always run for different causes but this year because of the anniversary I met up with Linvoy and suggested I run it for Faith and Football.
‘It is a great charity and does a lot to help deprived families and children.’
Tony and Linvoy will be running alongside 18 other runners including ex-Pompey star Paul Hardyman and kit man Kev McCormack.
But Tony said a hamstring injury picked while taking part in an RNLI fun run a couple of weeks ago almost put an end to his dream of completing a score of consecutive Great South Runs.
‘I haven’t run since then,’ he said. ‘But I’m confident I can finish. Maybe not in the best time ever, but I’m hoping to get all the way round.
‘I have received so much support from the club and the organisers Nova over the years I just can’t thank them enough.’
For fan-favourite Linvoy this will be his first-ever distance race. ‘I just hope Tony doesn’t leave me behind,’ he said.
‘I’m always eager to support him in any way I can; he’s got a passion for running and raising money for charity. That’s why he is well-known all over the city.’
To donate visit justgiving.com/Linvoy-Primus.