Hartlepool United fan runs for 3,000 days in a row dressed as Bobby Moore

Liz Luff and Paul Smith, dressed as World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore, at Consett AFC's Belle Vue Stadium.
Liz Luff and Paul Smith, dressed as World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore, at Consett AFC's Belle Vue Stadium.

A Hartlepool United fan has completed 3,000 days of running by taking part in a football-themed fundraiser.

Paul Smith, 52, has run every day since January 1, 2007 to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

He celebrated his 3,000th day with a 30-mile run around the centre circle at Consett AFC’s Belle Vue Stadium, dressed as Bobby Moore.

Paul, from Sherburn Hill, said: “This was personal tribute to two great football Bobbys and a chance to do something to help their cancer charities too. It was hard and I just had to get my head down and get on with it, the last three miles were especially difficult and I slowed down a bit then.”

Paul’s previous runs include one between all the region’s football grounds, raising £4,100 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Finlay Cooper Fund.

Liz Luff, of the Sir Bobby Robson foundation, added: “I ran about a mile on the pitch and that was more than enough for me. We’re very grateful to Paul and everyone who has supported his efforts, it’s a great achievement and memorable way to celebrate running for 3,000 consecutive days.”

To help Paul reach his target of £1,666, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/lordsmythe1908.