Former Blues 'keeper will run the Virgin London Marathon dressed as Town mascot Crazee in support of his two chosen charities
This year’s Virgin London Marathon will see a host of runners dressed to attract attention for their chosen charities and Suffolk will be no exception.
April in aid of the ITFC Charitable Trust and also ‘Sense’. stFormer Town stopper James Pullen, now back at Portman Road as first-team sports Masseur, will be running the marathon on Sunday 21
Not only will this be his first ever marathon, James has been in talks with the Trust’s own loveable mascot, Crazee, who has kindly agreed to allow James to run dressed as his ‘double’.
“The suit Crazee has agreed I can wear is quite thick and heavy as its made of black fur fabric, complete with large fur gloves,” explained James.
“However the hardest part will be the head of the suit, which will completely cover my face and neck.
“My costume will make me look like Crazee, only taller but I’m doing this to raise not only much needed funds but also awareness of all the good work done by the ITFC Charitable Trust and Sense - a nationalcharity supporting and campaigning for deaf and blind people.”
Running a marathon is something James has always been keen to and he is delighted to be supporting two great charities.
“These are two charities that I greatly admire and respect, so I’m delighted to be supporting them both with my run,” added James.
“The ITFC Charitable Trust is a registered charity working with young people here in Suffolk to inspire, motivate and educate those in need, like the physically and mentally disabled and those classed as NEETs (Not in Education, Training or Employment). As an independent charity the Trust has to raise £1million in funding each and every year to continue to run programmes for these people.
“As a national charity, Sensesupports deaf and blind people with various crucial services to help them live fulfilling and inspirational lives as independently as possible.”
Although James hasn’t run a marathon before, he’s in training and regularly runs 14 miles in each session- something he is steadily improving on to get up to speed in time for the 26-mile London Marathon. James had a ‘dress rehearsal’ this week with his Crazee look-a-like suit, but admits he is yet to run any distance in it.
Said James: “I think just trying it on made me realise how tough this is going to be, I don’t think I’d better do that again until the actual day or I might be tempted to change my mind!
“I’m hoping the adrenaline will kick in and give me the boost I need to make it over the finish line.”
James’s endeavours have already caught the eye of some of the Town players who have given his fundraising target a healthy start with £1300 already collected to support the Trust. If you’d like to spur James on with his pre-marathon training and support his efforts to complete the 26 miles at this year’s Virgin London Marathon you can do so by logging ontohttp://www.justgiving.com/James-Pullen-crazee