THE Bupa Great South Run is three months away – but one Pompey fan is already making preparations.
‘Touchline’ Tony Male is taking up the 10-mile challenge on Sunday, October 27, for Hounds for Heroes.
In the meantime, the Fratton Park compere has helped make a Pompey-themed wall at The Three Marines, in Eastney, which he hopes will help him raise £5,000.
Supporters can go along and put up a picture of themselves wearing a Pompey shirt in return for a £5 donation.
The worthy cause they’ll be helping provides specially-trained dogs for injured members of the armed forces.
So far 40 pictures have been put up by people including Pompey boss Guy Whittingham and Lee Bradbury, manager of Havant & Waterlooville Football Club.
Tony, of Milton, said: ‘The Pompey wall was just an idea I had.
‘I said one night to Andrew Cornwall, the landlord of The Three Marines, “I want this wall”.
‘The response to it has been fantastic. It’s growing all the time.
‘People can pop in from 11am until 11pm with a picture of them wearing a Pompey shirt in return for a £5 donation.
‘I want to support Hounds for Heroes because friends of mine have been in the army and their friends have lost limbs.
‘They wanted me to get involved and raise money for dogs who will look after them.’
A number is put on the back of each photo.
Once the wall is filled up they will be put into a raffle which will be drawn on the day of the run.
The winner will get two tickets to see Pompey and a limo ride to the game. The runner-up wins a signed shirt and third place gets a signed picture.
Tony, who will be competing for the 22nd consecutive time, said: ‘I like to keep myself fit. I’m either running along the seafront or swimming.’