AN EVERTON FC fan raised more than £6,000 for two charities by running 740 miles in 21 days.
The epic feat saw John Gartland, from New Brighton, take in every one of the country’s 20 Premier League football grounds.
It was organised to raise funds for the Alder Hey Imagine Appeal and the Daisy Garland Trust.
Mr Gartland was inspired to attempt the mammoth expedition by his four-year-old nephew William Reid, who suffers from severe epilepsy.
Since October last year, William has suffered seizures almost every night.
Both Alder Hey and the Daisy Garland Trust have been instrumental in treating and supporting William and his family.
Partly inspired by Eddie Izzard’s 43 marathons in 51 days last year, keen runner John had a lot of support and encouragement along the way.
His mum Pam Hibbs took three weeks off work to drive his support vehicle, while close friend James Riding rode his bike alongside him for eight days.
Starting at Newcastle United on February 27, he finally finished at Norwich City after a 42-mile run on March 19.
John said: “After every run, I had to have an ice bath and then sit on the floor for up to an hour with ice on my legs.
“The whole three weeks was an amazing experience. I have seen some beautiful places and pushed myself to the limit, running up hills in tears through the pain and exhaustion and sang and laughed along the way.”
He added: “I have raised in the region of £3,000 for each charity. I hoped for more but I did my best and hope the money goes some way to helping them.”
MA12 Productions filmed the event as part of a documentary initiated by John McCormack, at Open Mike Productions.
To donate money, go to www.justgiving.com/runningmissdaisy