City’s Club chaplains are preparing to run seven marathons in seven days to raise funds for a new church building and Sporting Director Stuart Webber has signed up to join them on a leg of the challenge.
Jon Norman, Club chaplain and senior pastor at Soul Church, and Lewis Blois, Norwich’s Academy chaplain, will set off on Easter Monday on seven marathons which will take them all over Norfolk.
And one of the 26.2-mile routes will be held at Colney Training Centre where Stuart will join the pair in completing 39 laps of the ground.
Jon said: “I was in America a couple of years ago and I had this idea about how I could raise some significant money for our new church building which will help facilitate a lot more of the work we do in the city. We’ve got an £8m budget but I wanted to personally be responsible for raising £1m and also spark other people into action to see what they could do.
“Seven in Seven is a way to get other people motivated and a lot of people from the church and community have said if you can do seven marathons then I can at least run one and Stuart and other people at the Football Club said it was a good challenge for them to get involved with as well.
“And it’s not just about running, it’s also about encouraging people to come up with seven things they can do in seven days, so we’ve got some people at the church who are knitting and cooking and someone who is doing seven paintings in seven days to auction them off.”
Funds raised will go towards Soul Church’s new facilities on Heartsease Lane in Norwich, creating a bigger home for the Soul Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that provides a helping hand to those who are most in need within Norwich, the surrounding areas and internationally.
In their roles as chaplains at Norwich City, Jon and Lewis spend time at Colney providing pastoral care to players and staff.
The run will be Stuart’s first full marathon and other City staff are invited to join in for a few laps to show their support.
Stuart said: “Jon spoke to me about the idea and we discussed whether there was any way we could help as a Club and one of the ideas was to do one of the marathons at Colney. And then we thought it would be great if some of the players or staff could do a lap and having it at the training ground means that there will be support for them throughout the day which will be nice.
“It gives the Club a chance to give something back to Jon and the Soul Church for what they do for us. And on a personal level it’s a goal for me of never having done a marathon distance before and there will be others who will join in with a lap or two which is great.”
Other routes for the challenge will include running Marriott’s Way and from Cromer to Sea Pauling, finishing on Sunday, April 28 with a run from Soul Church to their Heartsease Lane Site five times.
Lewis said: “I’m really looking forward to the week now and I think we are at a point with the running where we have prepared well.”
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