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A Brighton & Hove Albion fan who helps provide commentary for the club’s blind and partially sighted supporters is tackling his first ever marathon to raise money for the Seagulls’ official charity.

Robert Dugmore is one of 14 runners taking part in this weekend’s Brighton Marathon to raise money for Albion in the Community (AITC) and is determined to complete the 26-mile route after being inspired by the work AITC does in the local community.

Mr Dugmore began watching the...

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A Brighton & Hove Albion fan who helps provide commentary for the club’s blind and partially sighted supporters is tackling his first ever marathon to raise money for the Seagulls’ official charity.

Robert Dugmore is one of 14 runners taking part in this weekend’s Brighton Marathon to raise money for Albion in the Community (AITC) and is determined to complete the 26-mile route after being inspired by the work AITC does in the local community.

Mr Dugmore began watching the Albion when the Seagulls were playing home games in Gillingham and regularly attends home games at the American Express Community Stadium.

A freelance sports reporter and broadcaster, the 26-year-old also often provides coverage of Albion games, including commentating on the audio description offered to the club’s blind and partially-sighted fans at matches.

Having previously completed three half marathons he was looking for a new challenge and decided to step up to the longer distance – with the extra motivation of raising money for AITC.

He explained: “I was just getting to the point where I wasn’t running as much. Having this new goal motivated me to get fit again and I also really wanted to raise money for a good cause.

“Albion in the Community does such amazing work every day and alongside my relationship with the club I thought the charity was the perfect candidate to raise money for.

“The work it does is incredibly important. I think that people have a right to play sport no matter what their background, ability or even their disability, so it’s an important cause for me.

“If you can play sport it provides you with such a great release and I feel that everyone deserves that chance.”

His training runs have progressed well and with the big day approaching, he is in a positive frame of mind.

“I am really excited,” he explained. “I know on the day it will be a really great atmosphere. I’m just trying to keep reminding myself that I’m running for a great cause and who I’m raising money for.

“I am a little bit nervous as I did 20 miles at the weekend and how my body will manage another 6.2 miles on the day I really don’t know. The general feeling for me is a mixture of nerves and excitement but I can’t wait to get going.

“It’s all for a really good cause and that’s what I keep reminding myself every day I train.”

Mr Dugmore can be sponsored online at: www.justgiving.com/teams/Dugmore or to find out how you can raise money for AITC, email: fundraising@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.