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Coronavirus battle: Ollie running for fans, on his own if he has to!

coronavirus Bury Town striker Ollie Hughes

Bury Town striker Ollie Hughes is running a marathon to pay for season tickets for supporters next season when the coronavirus crisis is hopefully over.

The former Walsham-Le-Willows, Leiston and AFC Sudbury frontman is paying fans back for honouring him again this season with the BetVictor Isthmian League club’s ‘Supporters Player of the Year’ award.

Pictured in action, he is starting and finishing his marathon from Ram Meadow in June. Hughes is vowing to run on his own if social distancing restrictions remain in force after already collecting £775 toward the tickets, as well as new flags and drums for Town’s ‘Ultras’ and other committed supporters.

Hughes, the head of PE at Mildenhall College Academy, is certainly a favourite with supporters at his hometown club. Since signing for the Blues four years ago after working for a year abroad, he’s won the fans’  accolade for the last three seasons in a row.

The frontman told the club’s website: “I will be running my first marathon on Saturday 6 June, starting and finishing at Ram Meadow. I will enlist the help of some other Bury Town first team players, if allowed, to accompany me around the 26.2 mile course of the town and surrounding areas.

“I am committing to 12 weeks of training where I will clock up over 400 miles in preparation for this run! Initially, fundraising sought to cover the costs of season tickets for the 14 members of the Bury Town Ultras.

“These boys give superb vocal backing to Bury Town FC and we want to thank them for their continued support! As of 31/03/20, thanks to your donations, we have almost hit this target!

“We will use the additional funds to reward other worthy Bury Town fans with complimentary tickets, club shop vouchers, etc. To nominate a fan, contact @ollyhughes87 on Twitter.”

For more information and to visit the player’s JustGiving page click here.

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Images courtesy of Neil Dady & @ollyhughes87/Twitter

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