A MARATHON runner has reached Burton Albion on a charity run to all 92 major football grounds in England.Former policeman Russ Winfield called into the Pirelli Stadium on the latest leg of his epic effort to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Care and Great Ormond Street hospital.
The 54-year-old met Brewers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and the local press to help publicise his fund-raising efforts for his Around the Grounds in 80 Days project.
Russ, from Warwickshire, says: "The initial challenge was to run 80 marathons in 80 consecutive days visiting 92 football grounds but I had to have an injury break. So Burton Albion is part of my 54th marathon in nearly 70 days.
"I started at Swansea, went all the way down to Plymouth, across to Bournemouth and got injured avoiding a collision with a car near Brighton. I had my leg in ice for a week and started back at Morecambe and have been running ever since."
After calling in at the Pirelli, Russ was heading for Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Notts County to complete yet another marathon.
"I have lived in campers, slept by the side of the A27, stayed with friends but the planning has been really difficult. I have got lost, had to run two miles the wrong way and then back. It took two years of planning."
Russ was inspired to do the epic run after his mother received help from Macmillan before she died of cancer and because his grandson spent the first year of his life at Great Ormond Street with heart problems.
He says: "My wife Karen thinks I'm mad doing this but it's something I wanted to do. You don't realise the way it is going to pound your body. There have been some days when I have been in tears."
Russ aims to finish in the middle of November at Carlisle United.
"Burton Albion is my 72nd club to have visited and I have reached 1,454 miles, give or take."
Russ's secret weapon is a stock of jelly babies to give him energy.
He says: "If I eat any more I will look like a jelly baby."
Go to www.justgiving.com/Russell-Winfield1/ and www.justgiving.com/Russell-Winfield2/ to donate (depending which cause you wish to support) or check out the Around the Grounds in 80 days page on Facebook
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