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22 May 2013

Are you taking part in the Great Manchester Run

Are you a Rovers fan taking part in this year’s Bupa Great Manchester Run?

Former Premier League footballer Fabrice Muamba has urged football fanatics from Bristol to ‘Run for Muamba’ and join him in their club colours on the starting line come May 26.

The 25-year-old is the official starter for this year’s event and is hoping a runner from Bristol will join his team of runners from all 92 football league clubs, in a show of unity and to celebrate his return to health.

If you’re planning to run in your Rovers shirt on May 26, please email to inform race organisers, Nova International.

The ex-Bolton Wanderers midfielder almost died after he collapsed with sudden cardiac arrest while playing against Tottenham last year, but has astounded medics with his recovery.

Muamba said: “I am calling on all football fans to put their rivalry and differences aside and unite to raise money for great causes across the UK. It’s amazing what can be achieved when we do this.

“I am delighted to be involved in this fantastic event. Whatever your motivation for doing the run, I look forward to waving you off at the starting line.”

Muamba was forced to retire from football following the incident but his popularity in the professional game remains very strong. In recognition of this, a team of 25 runners – one for each year of his life - will also take part in the Bupa Great Manchester Run.

The team, which will include Bolton Wanderers club chaplain, Phil Mason, will run for the Arrhythmia Alliance ‘Hearts and Goals’ campaign, which helps place lifesaving AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in communities.

Football fans who are ‘Running for Muamba’ should email details to and further details are available at

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