His ‘run streak’ is now almost 3,000 days long and on Thursday (19th March) he will celebrate reaching this personal milestone with a very special charity run.
Raising funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, Paul will be attempting to run an incredible 30 miles around the centre circle on Consett AFC’s pitch at Belle Vue Stadium.
Starting at 10am, Paul estimates it will take him 839 laps and at least six hours to complete the challenge.
Paul says: “I like to keep my running fresh by coming up with new reasons to run and this is a bit of a nostalgic nod to football’s past.
“I’m running to remember two great Bobby’s and to support the work of two wonderful cancer charities too.
“It’s a bit of fun, and I’ll dressing up like Bobby Moore, but it’s a serious undertaking too. I’ve been preparing for it and estimate 30 laps is approximately one mile. Friends and family will be coming along to help support me and count the laps.”
Paul has previously run to support other local and national charities including a run between all the region’s football league grounds, which raised £4,100 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Finlay Cooper Fund.
Paul adds: “I’ll need to keep changing directions every mile or so or I’ll get badly dizzy. I’ll probably appreciate the change of view too.
“And I have to make sure I’m finished by the time the Consett lads start their evening football training so there’s no room for slacking off.”
Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie launched the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in 2008 to help find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer – including the clinical trials of new drugs.
Pauline Buglass from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation says: “Paul’s a hugely experienced runner but we know this will be a very difficult challenge, both physically and mentally.
“We’re very grateful to Paul and the wonderful people at Consett AFC who have been so supportive.
“We wish Paul luck and hope the weather is kind to him on Thursday.”
To sponsor Paul, please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/lordsmythe1908 and you can follow his progress on Twitter via @LordSmythe.