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Gunners raise money for charity

PUT THROUGH THEIR PACES: Youngsters competing in the ‘Be a Gunner. Be a Runner’ event

ARSENAL FOOTBALL Club raised £45,000 for charitable foundation Save the Children by hosting a sponsored run at the Emirates Stadium on March 31.

Keen runners from more than 20 countries around the world came together to take part in the annual ‘Be a Gunner. Be a Runner’ event.

With around 750 runners young and old braving the cold at Emirates Stadium, many more overseas-based individuals and groups took part in simultaneous and independently-organised runs in more than 20 different countries, including Australia, India, Poland and Nigeria, to help spread the word about the Club’s global charity partnership.

This year’s event at Emirates Stadium was the biggest yet with 400 adults taking on the 10-lap, 6.4km route around the Gunners’ home and more than 300 youngsters completing a shorter one or two lap race.

Both the children and adults were put through their paces before the race with a professional warm-up exercise, before ex-Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere joined Club mascot Gunnersaurus to get the young runners on their way.

Gunners legend, Charlie George, was then joined by Sky Sports News presenter, Charlie Webster to start the adult race.

First past the finishing line for the men was Louis Walshe who completed the 6.4km in a time of 23mins 23secs. Ruby Dixon took the women’s crown, completing the 6.4km run in 33mins 43secs.

All funds raised from this event will go towards the Club’s partnership with Save the Children, supporting a range of education projects in the UK and overseas, helping the poorest children get a better start in life and giving them the chance to grow and fulfil their potential.

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