Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett will become a marathon man to help former Blues player’s charity

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Gary Rowett will take time out from Birmingham City’s Championship promotion race – by running the marathon.

Rowett’s place in next April’s London Marathon has been confirmed.

The Blues boss will run the famous race to raise money for a charity involving former St Andrew’s goalkeeper Colin Doyle.

‘Liam’s Smiles’ was set up by Doyle, wife Becky and son Harry after their youngest son Liam contracted bacterial meningitis aged seven weeks.

The charity raises money and awareness for the Meningitis Now charity.

Becky, who will also be taking part in the marathon along with Blues’ head of commercial Ian Dutton, contacted the Birmingham Mail to confirm details of Rowett’s place and thank him for his support.

Harry and LiamHarry and Liam:

“We’re so grateful to Gary for offering to take part in the marathon to help this cause,” she said.

“I won’t be running with him though because he’ll be too fast for me to keep up with!”

Liam Doyle, who is now five, survived meningitis after spending the first months of his life in intensive care.

In May last year, Liam contracted another form of meningitis, pneumococcal septicaemia. Immediately after, he also developed Strep B meningitis.

Although he recovered, he was treated for suspected meningitis again in October. He has also been diagnosed with Ataxia – a condition that induces tremors and seizures.

To find out how you can support the Liam’s Smiles charity visit the website here

The London Marathon is on Sunday, April 24, the day after Blues play away at Huddersfield in the Championship.

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