Club backs charity run


SAFC is backing the 2013 Sierra Leone Marathon.

Sunderland AFC is giving its backing to the 2013 Sierra Leone Marathon, an event in aid of the charity Street Child.

The club is encouraging fans from around the region to sign up and take part in the event, which has a number of Sunderland connections.

The first-ever Sierra Leone Marathon took place in June last year and was partly organised by SAFC fan Mark Maughan from Consett, County Durham.

He spent several months in the northern city of Makeni to help make the race a huge success and raise close to £400,000 to help street kids and out of school children in Sierra Leone.

On his first visit to West Africa, Mark played for a local football team called Nosdo FC, where he kitted them out with donated Sunderland shirts in agreement that some of their players would compete either in the marathon, half marathon or 5k.

The team were delighted to have taken part in the country’s first ever-official marathon. Each of the six runners completed the race proudly sporting their SAFC shirts. Mark is now helping to organise this year’s Sierra Leone Marathon and is hoping that other Sunderland football fans will come to Sierra Leone on Sunday 26 May for the race of their life.

“The Sierra Leone Marathon is a real adventure,” said Mark Maughan. “Having the chance to compete in a sporting challenge like this for a genuinely worthwhile cause is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “

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