Man completes five half-marathons in five days for charity

Tranmere Rovers super fan, Richy Aldred, has completed five half-marathons in five days to raise money for Tranmere Rovers in the Community and Mind Charity. 

On Wednesday 9 June Richy began his journey in Newcastle and made his way to Whitley Bay, Northumberland before heading back to Newcastle on the fifth and final day. 

Speaking ahead of his challenge Richy said, “Back at the start of COVID I put quite a bit of weight on and I couldn’t run five minutes if I’m honest, I was in a bad way both physically and emotionally.  I just started running and running, getting a bit fitter to a point where I could run half a marathon quite easily, so I wanted to do something to push myself but also raise money.”

Richy now lives in Newcastle, but grew up in Birkenhead. “I still have this fond memory of when Tranmere Rovers in the Community came into my primary school as a kid and I thought it was the best thing in the world.”, he said.

Richy continued, “During the start of COVID-19 the stuff they were doing, ringing round and looking after the elderly the dementia sessions I just wanted to do something to help them. Even though I’ve been in Newcastle a long time now, I’ve still got that love for Birkenhead and wanted to give something back, I also know that if I was a kid during COVID I would have been one of the kids Tranmere Rovers in the Community would have had to help so that’s another reason I am doing it”

birkenhead.news spoke to Richy and he said, “Overall, all five half-marathons went well. I did struggle on runs 1 and 2 as I was up at 4.30am, balancing running and work.  The last run was hard with a calf injury and really hot conditions.  Somehow, I ended up with my best time 1hr 51mins!”

“I really need to thank my wife and kids, who have been so supportive.  I’ve spent a lot of early mornings away from them training.  North East Tranmere Rovers Supporters club donated a signed Ottis Khan shirt and that raised £150.00. 
I’d like to thank everyone who donated and Tranmere Rovers in the Community for its support.  Also Trip to the Moon Podcast, my time on that podcast really raised the profile of my cause.”

Richy has raised over £3000 so far which will be split with about £2,100 going to MIND and about £900 for Tranmere Rovers in the Community.

You can donate to Richy’s causes by CLICKING HERE

Richy Aldred celebrated completing the five marathon challenge by kicking his running shoes off and drinking a well-earned beer.
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