Town fan Rob Kelly making money for ‘Keep It Up’
Huddersfield Town fan Rob Kelly has reached the halfway point in his marathon running challenge in aid of the ‘Keep It Up’ campaign – and you can still support him!
Rob, who hails from Honley, is raising funds for the ‘Keep It Up’ campaign by undertaking a ‘Ten Match Challenge’- a fundraising journey which will see him run to one HTAFC away game every month of the 2013/14 season!
He came up with the idea for the unique challenge after taking part in the Club’s ‘Walk for Pounds’ event to Barnsley last season, which raised an amazing £16,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Club’s Academy.
So far Rob has run to Town’s away games at Barnsley, Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City – when he set off from Huddersfield at 4am on the Friday – Sheffield Wednesday, Bolton Wanderers and Burnley; a total of 225 miles, plus an extra hill near Ewood Park when he went the wrong way!
Rob still has four runs remaining:
1 February - Leeds United, 18 miles
8 March - Doncaster Rovers, 33 miles
12 April - Derby County, 60 miles
3 May – Watford, 167 miles
Rob told htafc.com:
“As it’s become wintry, it’s been harder to get out and train for these runs, plus I’ve been busy at work. The runs and distance don’t get easier, but being half way through is a little victory in itself.
“Sometimes two or three hours running can soon disappear with the right choice of music. As you get further in to a run, say over 25-30 miles, that’s when you start to feel it in every part of your body. It’s the soles of your feet from the constant pounding up to your neck aching from the backpack and everything between!
“I’m not particularly fit, but I do seem to be able to run a fair distance. It’s just a case of keeping moving, trying not to stop for too long and seizing up, as well as trying to keep your calorie intake up to what you need. On some of the runs I can burn well over 4,000 calories!
I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored me so far, in particular www.outdoormania.co.uk; a Holmfirth company that has supplied me with my running gear.”
A full blog from Rob on each of his runs is available on his JustGiving page.
Funds raised go half towards the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity which needs £9,990 per day to keep running, and half towards the Huddersfield Town Academy.