Worthing football fan takes on BM10k 2020 for Albion in the Community

A Worthing parkrun volunteer is raising money for Albion in the Community by taking part in the Brighton Marathon 10k.

Ian Schiffer is a season ticket holder for Brighton and Hove Albion and has taken part in various races to support the work of the club’s official charity.

Ahead of the BM10k 2020 on Sunday, October 11, he was due to take part in the socially-distanced Worthing 10k on Sunday, October 4, but that event has now been cancelled.

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Ian said: “I need all the help I can get to raise much-needed funds for this worthwhile local charity and help highlight all the great work that they do.

Ian Schiffer with his medal after completing the West Worthing 10k in March

“I regularly take part in Worthing parkrun, both running and as a volunteer, and have taken part in a few races previously for Albion in the Community, the most recent being West Worthing 10k in March, the last timed race before lockdown.”

He has worked for the NHS for 31 years and is part of the digital team at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, while his wife is a nursing sister at Worthing Hospital, caring for Covid-19 patients, among others.

Ian hopes to raise at least £100. Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amexswc to make a donation.

Commenting on the cancellation of the Worthing 10k, Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s executive member for regeneration, said: “Worthing has a great track record of hosting running events. They bring a real buzz to the town and draw thousands of spectators to the seafront route, which makes it a real highlight of the town’s calendar.

“In normal circumstances 2020 would be no different to any other year, but it isn’t. We have all been affected by Covid-19 and as a community we are steadily finding our way forward.

“I recognise the considerable work organisers have put in to seek to provide a safe event for the runners, volunteers, spectators and community, especially in terms of the start and finish of the race.

“However, I have to consider the wider risk that this event could bring to our whole community. Balancing all of this together, I do not believe that now is the time to host such a well-attended event.

“I realise that this will disappoint a large number of people, but the decision is made taking into account the wider community of Worthing and the need to ensure that we all stay safe. I look forward to the race returning later in 2021.”

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