Thursday, October 28, 2021

Leek complete Seoul trip to raise money in support of Imran Sherwani

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Leek Hockey Club took on the task of completing a virtual 5,466 mile Walk-Run-Cycle from Leek to Seoul, in South Korea in support of Imran Sherwani, the club’s former player, coach and current ‘life member’.

Sherwani was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in December 2019, aged just 57, with the GB great admitting he has gone “from fighting the disease to accepting it“.

Leek managed to cover the miles and get to the Seongnam Stadium in Seoul where Sherwani scored two goals in GB’s 3-1 win in the 1988 Olympic final.

“Covering 6,177 miles is amazing,” said club chair Andy Spragg. “There were some fantastic achievements from everybody, especially Leek HC member John Broadbent, who aged 74 has covered over 430 miles.”

Leek HC enjoys stellar sunset

Currently the club has raised over £730 for Alzheimer’s Research. The club plans on doing many other events to support Imran, his family and Alzheimer’s Research Charity.

Sherwani’s Seoul team-mate and fellow scorer Steve Batchelor is part of the ‘Going for Gold’ team raising money for the charity when he runs the London Marathon. So far, the team has raised close to £30,000.

Meanwhile, Leek enjoyed a stunning sunset, above, at the North Staffordshire club’s training session. “It makes all the hard work at pre-season training so much nicer,” added Spragg.

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