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Ex-Yeovil Town physio Simon Baker will go extra mile for Glovers in charity run

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

FAMILIAR FACE: Simon Baker helps Sam Williams from the pitch during his time as Yeovil Town physio. Baker will run the 80 miles from Huish Park to Swindon Town this month. Picture by Len Copland

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A FORMER Yeovil Town physio will run 80 miles from Huish Park to Swindon Town later this month to help repay the support his family were given in their hour of need.

Simon Baker joined the Glovers' backroom staff in the summer of 2009, ahead of then-manager Terry Skiverton's first full season in charge.

However, just a year later the ex-youth and reserves player left the club. Baker and wife Chloe lost their first child 34 weeks into pregnancy.

Solomon was delivered stillborn at Yeovil District Hospital on October 20, 2010, and a post-mortem investigation provided no clues as to the cause of death.

Baker, now a physio at Yeovil District Hospital and father to Lennon Sol who was born in December, will be one of three Yeovil Town Road Running Club members attempting a gruelling charity challenge a week tomorrow.

He will be joined by club chairman Nick Brooke and Nigel Moysey in running to the County Ground in aid of the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust and the Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance.

Leaving at 6pm on Friday, 16 November they hope to be at the Robins' home in time for kick off the next day as Yeovil Town visit in npower League One. The course has been split into legs of five miles, with other runners expected to attempt a variety of distances.

Baker – who ran the length of Wales in memory of Solomon with friend Ross Surey in April 2011 – said it took little time to agree to the run.

"When they said they were going to do something with the football club I was immediately sold on it, whatever it was," said Baker.

"It will be really nice to do something for those guys because (chief executive) Martyn (Starnes) and Terry especially just gave me massive support when my family most needed it.

"It is nice to keep a good relationship with the football club because it is a big community and a family. I still feel involved and part of it through contact with Terry and Darren so it is really good to do something with the club after they support they have given me."

The running club use Huish Park as the starting point for midweek training outings, also storing their trailer at the ground.

Moysey and Brooke are no strangers to ultra-marathons. Earlier this year Moysey completed the 145-mile Grand Union Canal run, whilst Brooke took approximately three weeks to take in the 630-mile South West coastal path, sleeping rough and running throughout the day from Minehead to Poole in 2009.

Baker said: "This will be the furthest I have ever ran in one trip and the first time I have ran through the night.

"There is a bit of the unknown with that and you don't know if you are going to finish it, let alone in what time and that is really appealing to me. Hopefully we will get there by kick off.

"We have given ourselves 21 hours which is a slow pace but most runs aren't this long. It will be nice to have different personnel come aboard to freshen up things."

For more information on the run and to pledge support visit www.yeoviltownrrc.com/swindon_challenge.html and www.justgiving.com/YTRRC-Swindon-Challenge.

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