Saturday, 7 May 2011

Birch completes 31st annual run

Leicester City's club ambassador Alan Birchenall has completed his 31st annual charity run.

The Birch, as he is affectionately known by Foxes fans, has made it his duty to complete fifty laps of the pitch at the club's home ground prior to kick-off at the last home game of every season.

An emotional Birch said at the end of his 'last' run, "We do it to raise money for charity... We've got to do this, it's unique to our club and I don't understand why other club's don't do it, it raises so much money."

Club chairman Top Raksriaksorn, manager Sven Goran Eriksson and both teams selected for today's match against Ipswich Town all part for a lap or two whilst Birch, who was awarded an MBE for his charity work, was joined once again by David Neilson of Coronation Street fame - a runner now for over a decade - and boxer Rendall Munroe. 

Following his run and immediately before kick-off, Birchenall was presented with a lifetime contract as Club Ambassador at Leicester City by the club owners as a surprise reward for his efforts.

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