AFC boss in charity marathon

Training hard...Nicky Smith is running the London Marathon.
Training hard...Nicky Smith is running the London Marathon.

A FOOTBALL manager is putting himself through the hardest training session of his life for a gruelling 26-mile run to raise funds for children’s cancer charity Clic Sargent.

Nicky Smith, who has managed AFC Sudbury for three seasons, will be taking to the streets of London on April 17 for the capital’s famous road race.

The 42-year-old police officer is looking to raise £1,000 for his chosen charity, which supports young children living with cancer, and has an added incentive after a family friend was diagnosed with leukaemia before Christmas.

Nicky said: “He is only 15 and is currently waiting for a bone marrow transplant.

“I was already registered to do the marathon but now I will be doing it for him, too.”

Nicky, who works in Great Yeldham and lives in Braintree, has run the marathon before and completed the distance in a respectable four hours, although he said he was “younger and fitter” then.

“My training has been going well and I’ve been running to a few of our matches,” he said.

“Since I stopped playing football myself, running has got a lot more difficult and you really have to be disciplined. But I’ve got the players’ support and I’ll definitely be getting the lads to sponsor me.”

To sponsor Nicky, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/nicky-smith1.