Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shearer on His Most Physical Challenge Ever

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shearer on His Most Physical Challenge Ever

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Byline: Ruth Lognonne Reporter ruth.lognonne@trinitymirror.co.uk

HE'S seen off some of the most fearsome defenders in world football and overcome several potential career-ending injuries, but Toon legend Alan Shearer's latest challenge may proved one too many.

Newcastle United's all time top goal scorer has described a Sport Relief charity challenge to sit on every seat at Wembley Stadium in five days as the most "agonising" physical challenge of his life and has told The Chronicle it may well be his last.

He and ex-footballer Robbie Savage started their unprecedented fundraising challenge at the national stadium early on Monday morning and hope to raise PS500,000 for good causes.

Each donning a pair of padded shorts, the Match of the Day pundits started as the sun rose over the famous Wembley Arch on Monday morning.

And after much squatting, sitting, sliding and soreness, they hope to have sat on every Wembley seat between them by sundown today, ending up in the royal box.

But by day four, the enormity of the challenge had dawned on the former Toon star, with Shearer storming ahead of his intrepid rival by more than 500 seats.

"We're two ex-footballers so there's bound to be rivalry between us," he told The Chronicle. "Of course I want to win - I'm more than 500 seats ahead of Robbie at the moment and I'm not going to let that lead slip.

"But I'm coming up to 44-years-old and I think this might be my last challenge.

I did the Newcastle to London bike ride for Sport Relief in 2008 and I thought that was one of the toughest things I'd done, but it's nothing compared to this. This challenge is relentless. "It doesn't compare to any game of football I've ever played. I'd rather play 90 minutes of football any day of the week - this has definitely been my toughest physical challenge to date.

"Robbie and I are so exhausted, we're practically on our knees.

"I don't think you can prepare, physically or mentally, for something like this. …

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