Join Cooper on start line

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper taking training. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper taking training. Picture by FRANK REID
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HARTLEPOOL United boss Colin Cooper is on the lookout for volunteers to join him in this year’s Great North Run and raise cash for children’s charities.

It’s only been a matter of weeks since the motivated Pools gaffer returned home from a gruelling trek to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro alongside Craig Hignett and Jeff Stelling, but he already has his eyes set on his next challenge off the pitch.

Cooper is running this year’s Great North Run in September to raise even more cash and awareness of the Finlay Cooper Fund, the charity he set up with his wife, Julie, following the tragic death of their son shortly before his second birthday 11 years ago.

And now he is calling on Pools and Boro supporters to join him and more than 50,000 runners in the world’s biggest half marathon after the Finlay Cooper Fund made a small number of additional places available to run for the charity.

All of the money raised for the cause will be split between various children’s charities in the area.

Cooper, who is busy preparing for his first season in the dugout at Victoria Park, said: “I’d love to see a great mix of Pools and Boro supporters joining me for the Great North Run.

“Twenty five runners have already pledged to join us and raise as much money as they can for children’s causes across the area.

“All funds raised will go towards helping children’s charities and other individual causes, where we can make all the difference.”

The charity’s runners will all receive an official Finlay Cooper Fund running vest and must pledge at least £100 if they pay their own £50 entry fee. The fund will pay the entry fee for those pledging to raise a minimum of £250.

Those interested in running for the charity need to apply by Monday, July 29. Runners will be allocated places on a first come, first serve basis.

Anyone who is interested should sent their name, address and e-mail address to

The minimum age for entries is 17.