MOORS captain Darren Carter will swap football boots for running shoes as he gets set to compete in the SimplyHealth Great Birmingham 10k run.
The event, which takes place on Sunday, May 6, will mark the start of a journey that the Moors midfielder hopes to embark on once his playing days are over.
While full focus is currently on helping Moors retain their Vanarama National League status, Carter has revealed his secret passion for running.
The 34-year-old said: “I’m really looking forward to the SimplyHealth Great Birmingham 10k.
“I’ve never run this far in one go before and entering my first running event in my home city will be special.
“Entering running events is something I’ve always thought about.”
The 6.2-mile challenge, described as a great training run for those taking on the half marathon or marathon, starts in Birmingham city centre and passes by sights including Selfridges, Cannon Hill Park and Edgbaston Stadium.
‘Carts’ sees the 10km as a stepping stone to bigger and better things, with the NewYork Marathon just one of many targets as he plans to enter events across the globe after retirement.
“Hopefully, I can continue playing for another two, three, four seasons but when I hang up my boots I’ll look to do the Great Birmingham Run half marathon and progress from there,” he added.
“Running marathons around the UK and across the world is something I’m really interested in doing.
“Because of my playing career, I’ve never really been able to consider it before, but the Great Birmingham 10k falls just outside our season, which is great.
“I’m buzzing to do it. It should be great fun.”
Meanwhile, after Tuesday’s home clash against Bromley was postponed, Moors return to league action on Saturday when they make the trip to second-placed Sutton United.
Moors have lost just one of their last five league outings but come up against a promotion-hunting United outfit who have lost just one of their last ten.
Boss Mark Yates will be without central defender Joel Kettle, who was recently out on loan to Tamworth, after he left with immediate effect by mutual agreement.
The 25-year-old arrived early last season from Rushall Olympic where he captained the side having previously had spells with Sutton Coldfield and Halesowen .
Kettle endeared himself to the Moors supporters with his no-nonsense brave performances and made 40 appearances with three goals to his credit.