Arsenal Football Club and its official global charity partner, Save the Children, are issuing a final call for anyone who would like to participate in this year’s ‘Be a Gunner. Be a Runner’ event at Emirates Stadium on Saturday March 31.

Around 350 adult runners are set to take on the 10-lap, 6.4km fun-run around the outside of the Gunners’ home, with a further 350 youngsters due to participate in a special shorter children’s race of either one or two laps. This year, for the first time, a number of individuals and groups from overseas will also be taking part in their own 6.4km runs on March 31 in their hometowns to help spread the word about the partnership around the globe.

If you’re an overseas fan and would like to get involved, simply devise a route and email it to We will then send each confirmed participant an official running number that should be worn during the run. A special prize will be offer for the individual/group that sends us a picture/video of themselves in action at the most far-flung location!

Registration for the adult race remains open and anyone interested in taking part should visit for more details on how to sign up. All participants have been set a personal fundraising target of £100 in sponsorship and are asked to pay a registration fee of £15 upon signing up, which will support education projects both in the UK and overseas and enable more young people to get a better start in life and fulfil their potential.

Any young Gunners aged 14 or under that wish to take part will need to act quickly! There are only a few places left in the junior race which will see children aged seven to 14 completing two laps and those aged six and under completing one lap of Emirates Stadium.

Speaking about the event, Arsenal midfielder Alex Song said: "'Be a Gunner. Be a Runner’ is always a great event that seems to get bigger and better every year. Myself and the other players have been lucky enough to see some of the incredible work that Save the Children does, so by signing up for the run you will be helping to make a real difference to the lives of many young people.”

Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children, said: “Despite being little more than six months into our partnership with Arsenal, we have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity that staff and supporters have shown to date. Our dedicated matchday back in November was a huge success and I’m sure ‘Be a Gunner. Be a Runner’ will be another thoroughly enjoyable occasion that will help us continue our efforts to give more children the chance of a brighter future.”

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16 Mar 2012