Wrexham AFC Director Barry Horne has vowed to finish the London Marathon despite suffering a back injury during training for the event.
Barry, 53, also a past Everton and Wales star, signed up to run the race to to raise funds for the North Wales Cancer Appeal.
The appeal helps fund the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
Barry joins others from North Wales taking part including a police officer, a Colwyn Bay businessman and a Denbigh student.
Although Barry has run the event once before, this time he’s just hoping to get around the 26.2 miles on Sunday April 24, to raise £1,500.
St Asaph-born Barry was appointed to the board of Wrexham Football Club in 2011 and now teaches chemistry, physics and is the director of football at Chester’s King School.
He said: “I did the London Marathon eight years ago in just over four hours but I’m not setting any time targets this time.
“Training hasn’t gone well and I’ve developed a back injury which I’m hoping the physio can help me sort out so I can at least run.”
Barry who scored Everton’s first ever Premier League goal, has suffered back problems since his football playing days, which has led to a series of hamstring and calf problems during his marathon training.
He says his friend, Sky Sports reporter Bryn Law, suggested he tackle the race to raise money for the centre.
Barry said: “I think you would be hard pushed to find a family in North Wales that hasn’t been affected by cancer in some way.”
To sponsor Barry visit his Just Giving page : http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=barryhorne1&faId=696164&isTeam=false