Sprint he­roes re­live golden mo­ment for bomb fund

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Chris Slater

AMAN CUNIAN Olympic leg­end and his team-mates recre­ated their mo­ment of glory to raise money for those af­fected by the Manch­ester Arena bomb.

Dar­ren Camp­bell, along with Ja­son Gar­dener, Mar­lon Devon­ish and Mark Lewis-Fran­cis, wrote him­self into Bri­tish ath­let­ics folk­lore when the four stormed to vic­tory in the 4x100m re­lay at the 2004 Games in Athens. The quar­tet raced to­gether in Manch­ester for the first time in 13 years in the spe­cial char­ity race.

They com­peted against a celebrity team fea­tur­ing for­mer world cham­pion box­ers An­thony Crolla and Scott Quigg, TV’s fit­ness guru Richard Cal­len­der and Camp­bell’s son Aaron, as well as teams com­pris­ing Manch­ester’s next gen­er­a­tion of sprint­ers and representatives from the city council.

Lin­ing up in the same or­der they took the Olympic ti­tle back in the Greek cap­i­tal, Camp­bell and his team de­fied tight ham­strings and pulled groins to speed around the track at Sportc­ity next to the Eti­had Sta­dium in 43.72 sec­onds. The time in Greece 13 years ago was 38.07 sec­onds.

They have al­ready raised £400 but hope to raise much more from a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign.

The race was the high­light of the Manch­ester In­ter­na­tional ath­let­ics event, a now an­nual fix­ture that pits Eng­land against Scot­land, Wales and North­ern Ire­land, and is a key part of their prepa­ra­tions for the Com­mon­wealth Games.

The event it­self was won by Eng­land, thanks in part to a 100m vic­tory by Tame­side sprinter Andy Robertson, who clocked 10.15 sec­onds, as well as a re­turn to form for dou­ble Olympian and Eng­land team cap­tain Nathan Dou­glas, who won in the triple jump with a 16.80m leap.

But the big­gest cheer of the night came for the 2004 leg­ends.

Camp­bell, now 43, born in Moss Side but raised in Sale, said: “This was our first op­por­tu­nity to try to raise money for the fund.

“The city of Manch­ester is close to our hearts – I’m ob­vi­ously from here and all four of us com­peted at the Com­mon­wealth Games in 2002 and we re­ally want to en­cour­age peo­ple in­spired by four re­tired men get­ting out­side of their com­fort zone to do­nate.

“We put our bod­ies through the pain bar­rier to make peo­ple smile and to en­cour­age peo­ple to give what they can to the fund.”

To do­nate, visit www. just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/gold­en­re­lay

●● Dar­ren Camp­bell and his Olympians team of Ja­son Gar­dener, Mar­lon Devon­ish and Mark Lewis-Fran­cis. Right, the team when they won gold at the 2004 Olympics

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