1966 tribute run by Gaywood runner

David Blackmore is running GEAR ANL-160420-112731001

David Blackmore is running GEAR ANL-160420-112731001

Happy Hammer football fan David Blackmore is gearing up to take on another challenge to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund.

The Gaywood resident and West Ham United supporter will take part in the 10km Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) on May 1 in Lynn, and is aiming to beat his previous best time of 46 minutes and 12 seconds.

GEAR organisers awarded the 29-year-old the race number 1966 after hearing he wanted to run it in memory of Bobby Moore, and to mark the 50th anniversary of him holding aloft the World Cup.

David’s connection to the cause is not just a claret and blue one – he has fundraised and volunteered for the Bobby Moore Fund on school building projects in South Africa (2010) and Namibia (2011).

With it being five decades since England beat Germany to win the World Cup, the editor of West Ham magazine Blowing Bubbles Monthly hopes to raise £1,966 for the charity. People are invited to make a pledge by texting BBFB66 £5 (or any amount you wish) to 70070, or by visiting http://tinyurl.com/jxhujog.

“I’ve got first-hand experience of the work the Bobby Moore Fund does, and how it can utterly transform people’s lives, and give them an opportunity which they might never get otherwise,” said David, who works as marketing and events assistant at the Vancouver Quarter Shopping Centre.

“Bobby left an unparalleled legacy at West Ham, and also with England. By taking part in GEAR, this is another chance for me to help the charity leave a lasting legacy too – by changing the lives of other people, and helping bring about an end to the curse of cancer.”