Seven coaches from Bracknell Town FC youth team are donning the club colours to take on the Lexicon Bracknell Half Marathon to raise money for local charity Sebastian’s Action Trust.
The team, made up of Jake, 24 and Ricky, 35 from Forest Park, John, 39 from North Ascot, Trevor 39 from Easthampstead, Russell 50 from Crowthorne, and Josh 20 and Louie 19 from Bracknell, are taking on the 13.1 mile course for the charity who provide vital support to families of seriously-ill children.
The teams goals range from running in under two hours, to giving themselves a challenge with their fellow youth team managers, but all are in agreement that the chosen charity is a worthy cause. Team member John said:
“Sebastian's Action Trust is an amazing local charity and with two young children myself, it is also close to my heart. I ran my first half marathon in Reading for them in 2014 and when I started coaching a youth team at Bracknell Town FC, I was delighted to see that they partner with them”
With the team having to fit in training around coaching responsibilities, bad weather, redecorating, match fixtures and injuries, it’s been hard work getting race ready, but the team are focussed on getting to the finish line on Sunday, 13 May.
35 year old Ricky adds:
“In training I have found the first and last two miles the hardest, I’ve only done the full distance a couple of times but the last two miles have been really tough on my shins and I can feel it towards the end”
Other team members have also been finding training hard, with Trevor adding:
“I suffered an injury early in training and I’ve only really been able to start running again recently, but I’m determined to give it my best shot and no way am I pulling out! I’m feeling nervous, inspired, scared and excited about the day.”
The football club has seen a record number of youth teams in 2018, with over 30 teams ranging from under seven’s to under 18’s. The club provides an environment to help local athletes practice and improve their sport, alongside developing social and teamwork skills, and creating new friendships.
Club Chairman Kayne Steinborn-Busse said:
“We’re really proud of the team for taking on this challenge to raise awareness of the club and also the fantastic charity we support, Sebastian’s Action Trust. We wish them all the best and will be with them every step of the way.”
Team member Jake concluded:
“I’m excited as we are doing it for a great cause, and pushing each other as a team. Hopefully we all finish in a good time and have fun along the way. Having Bracknell Town FC supporting us is fantastic as it feels like you have lots of people behind you willing you on.”