Sporting legends join the 'BUPA Great Capital Run'

11th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Celebrities and internationals from London participate in the Great Capital Run in Regents Park on Saturday 13 September

London -- Graham Gooch known for his great contributions to cricket, is to swap his bat for running shoes on September 13th to captain England against Australia and the Rest of the World in the Bupa Great Capital Run 2009, now in it's third year.

Goochie, as he is sometimes known, will take part over the 5km distance in the goregeous surroundings of London’s Regents Park. Also in London -- Lords cricket ground witnessed the England victory over Australia for the first time since 1934 earlier in the summer during the second npower test.

For the race Gooch will wear the number 333 as a symbol of his greatest test innings. He says “I am delighted to be named as captain for the England team in the Bupa Great Capital Run. It’s been a long time since I have taken on the Aussies, but I’m confident that England can overcome them in running as well as cricket.”

The Australian team captain is the legendry Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson, known for bowling at speeds over 100mph. Whilst not running himself, he will be encouraging fellow Aussies participating in the competition against England and participants from the Rest of the World. 

He said “I’d love to see us put one over England again. I’ve got happy memories of playing cricket against the 'Poms' and seeing the look of terror in the eyes of their batsmen, so I’ll be there to fire up team Australia at the Bupa Great Capital Run.”

5,000 runners from England, Australia and the Rest of the World will be participating in the event staged by Nova, the organisers of the world’s biggest half marathon, the Bupa Great North Run. In 2008 Kenyan cross country runner Mike Kigen won the men's race while Britain’s Michelle Louise Ross-Cope won the women's race.

The 2008 event attracted 11,000 runners, including many celebrities.

  • When: Sunday morning at 10am,  September 13th
  • Where: 5km course in London’s prestigious Regents Park. The event starts on the Broad Walk just north of Chester Rd. This is located south of London Zoo. The event site is based on the grass area (Cumberland Green) adjacent to the Broad Walk.
  • No. of runners: 5,000 limit, minimum age 13
  • Countries: Featuring England V Australia V the Rest of the World
  • TV broadcasts on 5 on Tuesday 15 September at 0145 & Tuesday 22 September at 0330

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