Global Gooners unite for Save The Children
On March 31, Arsenal fans and keen runners from around the globe came together to take part in the Club’s ‘Be a Gunner. Be a Runner’ event for global charity partner, Save the Children.
While 750 supporters, young and old, taking part at Emirates Stadium, many more fans were getting involved in their own simultaneously-organised runs all over the world to spread the word about the Club’s global charity partnership.
The event proved an instant hit, bringing together runners from around 20 different countries, who proudly displayed their official race numbers over Arsenal shirts as they ran their own their own routes across cities, around stadia and over fields - some even managing to take in some breathtaking scenery along the way, as seen in our exclusive image gallery below.
Rawindra Ditya, chairman of the Arsenal Indonesia Supporters Club, actually made it all the way over to the UK from Jakarta to take part in the run at Emirates Stadium and was full of praise for the event:
"Participating in ‘Be a Gunner. Be a Runner.’ was a great experience. The run was fun but hard work as I only arrived in London from Indonesia that day at 12.30am - thankfully though, I finished it! It was great to visit Emirates Stadium and meet with lots of fellow Gooners and I can't wait to join the next Arsenal event!”
Here’s a rundown of some of the nations that got involved on a memorable day for the Club’s charity partnership:
Ramsin Shamon joined a group of 40 runners at Bill Anderson Park in Sydney, New South Wales, home of the Kemps Creek Tigers.
Twelve members of the Arsenal Croatia Supporters Club ran around Lake Jarun in Zagreb, with a further five runners in the town of Osijek. Kristian Krmpotić and Tin Zaja, meanwhile, ran 10.7 km around their hometown of Karlovac.
A group of 13 Tbilisi-based Gunners ran a 10-lap, 12km route around Turtle Lake in Tbilisi.
A group of eight runners from the Arsenal Germany Supporters’ Club overcame bad weather to complete a 6.4km run around Alster Lake in Hamburg.
Eight runners from the Arsenal HK-Gooner football team came together to run down Lugard Road on Hong Kong Island, before heading to the aptly-named Arsenal Street!
Twenty members of the Arsenal Iceland Supporters’ Club ran in the small fishing town of Grindavik, ending their run at the famous Blue Lagoon.
Unmesh Sharma and his friend Ashok ran from Haji Ali circle to the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai, while over in New Delhi, Shubh Shoni completed laps of the Ambedkar Stadium.
Individuals of all ages from all over Indonesia came together in Jakarta for an event organised with the help of the Arsenal Indonesia Supporters Club, the Arsenal Gap Year programme and Arsenal Soccer School Indonesia.
With the help of coaches on the Arsenal Gap Year programme, more than 70 youngsters took part in two separate BAGBAR events in Kenya.
Audrey Adella Umbol ran 6.4km from her home in Penampang to the town’s Likas Stadium.
Carlos Suarez ran a picturesque 10km in his home town of Mazatlan on the country’s western coast.
Joe Adewojo led a group of around 30 runners and fanatical Arsenal fans on a 6.4km run on the streets of Jos, Plateau State.
Twenty-five members of the Arsenal Philippines Supporters Club came together from across the island to complete three laps of the University of Philippines campus in Manila.
Runners from the Arsenal Poland Supporters’ Club came together from across the country to participate, including a group at the newly-opened National Stadium in Warsaw and the City Athletics Stadium in Szczecin.
Ola Akinrinlola completed a circular route around the Cape Gate area of Cape Town.
Adam Sismey’s run took him from the Observatoriegatan in central Stockholm to the island of Kungsholmen before finishing at the Vasa Park.
Arsenal Gap Year coaches in Uganda joined local children to organise a run in the small village of Kunungu.
Robert McCarthy completed a 6.4km route through Deer Park in New York, while Henry Njogu and his son Xavier ran around their local estate in Pittsburgh.