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For Chris Powell the countdown to running Sunday’s London Marathon began while watching the last one. Alongside his children, Morgan and Ché, at home in Surrey – nine months before he accepted the manager’s job at Southend – he watched the 26.2-mile event from the comfort of his sofa. On Sunday he will run his maiden marathon, in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, the charity for which he has been a long-time ambassador. Nike Earl Campbell Women's Olive/USA Flag Limited Jersey: #34 NFL Tennessee Titans 2017 Salute To Service“I thought: ‘This is brilliant, I should do something instead of just attending events to raise awareness,’” Powell says. “It was a throwaway remark. I said: ‘I should have done it over the years.’ My daughter said: ‘Well, why don’t you?’ My son was like: ‘You should, you should.’ I was like: ‘No, no, those days are gone.’ They both said: ‘You have a year Tavon Wilson Authentic Jersey to prepare’ and they were right. Youth Yoan Moncada Authentic Green Majestic Jersey: MLB Chicago White Sox #10 Salute to Service“I grew up at the time of Cram, Ovett, Coe and Peter Elliott. I used to run the 800m as a kid. I didn’t mind the long-distance in pre-season, so it’s always been part of my psyche watching the marathons, the special Dougie Hamilton Authentic Jersey Kenyans and Paula Radcliffe for Great Britain. I’ve always had an interest but I’ve always felt it passed me by. But here I am at 48 doing it.” For the day his kids have prepared a tailor-made playlist and Powell knows he will be in for a shock. “I don’t know half of what is on there but it reminds me of them, and actually that will be quite http://www.officialsstlouisblues.com/Adidas-Luke-Opilka-Jersey good as I’m running. My favourite as a kid was the Specials but Prince was my ultimate favourite – I saw him about seven times in concert. I went to an exhibition at the O2 and I could have really shed a tear because it reminded me of all the favourite moments in my life, listening to different albums and watching him live. I could have stayed there all day. Sadly he’s gone now but he left a real legacy that will never be beaten in my eyes.” Powell admits his family have http://www.authenticmapleleafsstore.com/-22-tiger-williams-jersey_c-490.html been a great support – “sometimes almost pushing me out the door” – and in recent weeks he has tapered his training – and his weight by a stone – in order to preserve Womens Wei-Yin Chen Jersey energy. He is not fussed about getting over the line in a certain time. “I’m not a professional I’m just trying to play my part. My plan is not to stop – even if I am just above a walk I’ll be really happy. I know I can and I know I will. I’ve had that drive, I’ve always had it, and hopefully I’ll have it in bucket loads on the day.” When running he has all eventualities covered, carrying money, his debit card and travel card. “On the odd occasion I’ve had to call my wife to come out and get me,” he says, laughing. “I normally make it back but recently I ran so far into London that I jumped on the tube back to Morden, from Tooting Broadway, which is near where I grew up. It was a long run and I just thought: ‘I can’t make it back.’ It was after we had played Plymouth and lost; I wasn’t happy so I thought: ‘Right, I’m going out in anger’ and I ended up in the middle of nowhere, really. I ended up walking http://www.officialauthenticbroncostore.com/Nike-Justin-Simmons-Jersey.html in Sainsbury’s Local with my hat, luminous shorts on, my tights on. But, you don’t care how you look.” It was the same at Blackpool last month, when he got up early on the away trip to run along the seafront. “I got back to the hotel and all the players saw me in my kit. I said: ‘I know what you’re thinking,’ but the bigger picture is it’s a terrific cause.” It was a combination of grave numbers and a lack of knowledge about the disease that prompted Powell to get involved with the charity. “It was once I started to learn the facts about it, that it’s a bigger killer than breast cancer and that it affects all men. But the stat that really hit me was that it was one in eight for all men and one in four for black men. That took me back a bit because I was thinking if I just took my family, one of us is Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Jersey going to get it. That hit home. I thought: ‘I need to raise more awareness for all men.’ I’m in a football environment that is male-dominated, so why don’t we let people know?http://forum.forumcrea.com/viewtopic.php?pid=92427#p92427
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