Half-marathon challenge for former Norwich City player Rob Newman
16:36 14 March 2014
When he turned 50 in December, former Norwich City player Rob Newman decided he wanted to take on a new challenge.
And so hot on the heels of City fans helping to raise money for Duncan Forbes and his battle with Alzheimer’s, Mr Newman is calling for support as he prepares to run his first half-marathon in aid of the charity which helps his father, who also has Alzheimer’s.
The former defender, who will be accompanied on the 13.1-mile run in Portugal by fellow ex-Canary Tony Spearing, said: “I turned 50 and it was one of those sad moments when five or six of us said we would do a half-marathon. The others dropped out, but I decided it was something I wanted to do and Tony said he would do it too.”
Mr Newman now scouts for Manchester City in Spain and Portugal and Mr Spearing works as a European scout for West Bromwich Albion, and so the pair decided the Lisbon half-marathon, which takes places tomorrow, would tie in well with their overseas duties.
Mr Newman, who will be raising money for Alzheimer’s Support, said: “We started training on January 2, but I’m feeling a bit apprehensive about it now. I’m definitely fitter now then when I turned 50.
“My father has Alzheimer’s and he goes to a support centre every Thursday to give my mum some respite, so I really wanted to raise some funds for this cause.”
The pair, who both still live in Norfolk, drew up a training programme with the help of former international marathon runner and fitness consultant Neil Featherby, who owns Taverham’s Sportlink business.
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