Port Vale defender Gareth Owen has raised more than £1,000 in a 10 kilometre road race for Help for Heroes - the official charity partner of The Football League for the 2009/10 campaign.

The centre-back, 27, joined over nine hundred people for the 2010K race at Kingsway in Stoke at the beginning of June to raise funds for the forces charity which helps rehabilitate military personnel injured in the line of duty.

Owen chose to run for Help for Heroes in recognition of his brother who is currently serving abroad with the Royal Engineers.

"There is nothing braver than serving your country," he said after completing the race - held to celebrate the federation of the centenary of Stoke-on-Trent - in 36 minutes five seconds.

"I don't think anyone can underestimate the work that Help for Heroes does in supporting the families of those who have suffered."

All season, players, managers and supporters have thrown their backing behind the charity to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for Help for Heroes.

As a culmination of activities, The Football League invited over 100 serving soldiers to each of the Coca-Cola Play-Off Finals at Wembley in March who were treated to full hospitality as well as a lap of honour around the pitch in the run-up to kick-off.

Marie Curie Cancer Care was voted for by fans to be the official charity partner of The League for the up and coming 2010/11 campaign.