The Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon has announced that Liverpool FC legend, John Barnes, will be its race ambassador on Sunday 6 October.
John started his career at Watford FC in 1981, moving to Liverpool FC in 1987. During his 10 years at Liverpool FC John made 407 appearances and scored 108 goals. In 1990 he top-scored with 22 league goals and was voted FWA Player of the Year for the second time.
As well as an excellent footballer, John was also an accomplished rapper, with records such as the ‘Anfield Rap’ which reached number 3 in the UK charts in 1988 as well as featuring on New Order’s ‘World in Motion’ produced for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
Henry Baye, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank, Jersey, said: “We’re looking forward to welcome John Barnes as this year’s Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon race ambassador, and the runners, volunteers and supporters who have been key to the event’s success. John’s sporting achievements are an inspiration to many – I’m sure islanders are as excited as I am to meet him. It will be my first time at the event and I look forward to the great atmosphere I’ve heard so much about.”
Funds raised through this year’s Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon will benefit Futuremakers for Standard Chartered, a global initiative to tackle inequality and promote greater economic inclusion for young people, as well as the JSPCA.
Registration for the full marathon, the relay race and 3K fun run is still open at www.jersey-marathon.com. Islanders are also invited to the Pasta Party on Saturday 5 October where John will also make an appearance. Tickets are £12 and can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.