West Ham United medical officer Dr Richard Weiler is used to setting his patients targets to make them fit and well.
On Sunday 19 May, Dr Weiler will be swapping his medical bag and stethoscope for running shoes to run 30 miles from his home to the Boleyn Ground ahead of West Ham United's final Barclays Premier League fixture of the season with Reading.
Dr Weiler's run will see him run through central London, past Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament, through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. For the last section, he will be joined by Hammers striker Dylan Tombides, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in summer 2011.
With the support of the Board, management team, players and fans, the sports and exercise medicine consultant is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for the Caudwell Children. The charity, of which Dr Weiler is a trustee, provides family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK.
At the same time, he is also hoping to inspire West Ham supporters to lead healthier lifestyles.
"I have been inspired by Dylan, who has overcome many challenges while staying dedicated to his fitness," explained Dr Weiler. "As a sport and exercise medicine specialist, physical activity and exercise for health is one of my academic and research areas, so it's also high time I actually practiced what I preach!
"I am hoping the run will make the fans more aware of the numerous health and happiness benefits of physical activity and consider how they travel to games, as well as getting themselves fitter like the players.
"I have never run a marathon or even a race before, but I figured that I had to do something even tougher to make this a real challenge. I will be running on my own, save for the final section, when Dylan has bravely agreed to join me.
"I have decided to raise funds for Caudwell Children, a charity which is very close to my heart and one which does fantastic work for disabled children and their families, including the organisation of an Enable Sport programme for talented disabled athletes.
"Hopefully we can help even more kids by making their families aware of the amazing work done by Caudwell Children.
"I am going to have to set my alarm very early in the morning to make sure I am at the Boleyn Ground in time for work - so I'm hugely happy that the game is on a Sunday at four o'clock!
"I am very grateful to the Board, the manager and the players, who are supporting this great cause. Hopefully we can raise a lot of money for Caudwell Children."
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