Devoted dad Andy Moore has six hours to run the London Marathon and make a mad dash to get his football-mad daughters to Wembley in time for kick-off.
The Sheffield United fan couldn’t believe it when the marathon clashed with his team’s FA Cup semi-final match on April 13 – but he’d made a promise to his little girls and intends to keep it.
“I’ve been to the new Wembley Stadium before, but my little girls have never been,” said Andy, who is dad to Maisie, eight, and Gracie, six.
“I promised I would take them.
“It’s all to do with getting them there – I want to see their faces when they’re in the ground, especially Maisie because she’s a real football fanatic.
“She knows what’s going on on the pitch and she sings, shouts and cheers.”
Andy, of Kilnhurst, Rotherham, was accepted to run the London Marathon for SeeAbility, a charity which supports blind and partially sighted people.
The 34-year-old has raised £2,000 for the cause through a treadmill challenge at his local Morrison’s store, donations from family and friends, and a number of fundraising activities at Capita, where he works as a communications manager for British Gas.
“I’ve been a Sheffield United fan all my life but I had no idea the days of the London Marathon and the semi-final were going to clash,” said Andy, who is married to Charlotte, 35.
“I’m hoping to complete the marathon in four hours. Even if my legs give up, my head will get me over the finish line and with the added incentive that I know I’ll be going straight to the semi-final I will get to the end!
“I’m not even planning to get changed – when I’m finished I’m getting straight on the Tube in my running gear!”
To sponsor Andy, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/andrewmoore10.