A TEACHER has committed to running five kilometres every day this year in aid of charity.
The assistant headteacher of Astrea Academy Dearne, Adam Stead, is now more than one-and-a-half months into his year-long fundraiser for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
By the end of the year, the 34-year-old will have run 1,825 kilometres in total - a figure which inspired his fundraising target of £1,825.
After being posted at the beginning of this month, the total on the online page is already at more than £700.
Motor neurone disease (MND) is described as an uncommon neurodegenerative condition which affects the brain and nerves.
Adam said he was inspired to take on the challenge and chose the charity after seeing former rugby league player Rob Burrow’s experience of the disease, and the subsequent fundraising efforts of Leeds Rhinos teammate Kevin Sinfield for the same charity.
The teacher is also a player for Westville Football Club in West Melton, and told the Chronicle how his teammates and club have been his ‘biggest support’.
He shared how him and his teammates have developed a ‘Wednesday club’ where they meet up at the Bluebell Inn in Wath and do the run together - followed by a drink.
“My legs are in bits some days, it’s really up and down - but I always manage to do it,” said Adam.
“I do the run even on days when I’m running around playing football - even though I’ve probably ran five kilometres by the time I’ve finished playing.
“I’ll change my shoes after the match and go straight for a run.
“I’m doing it purely for the charity and the challenge, I just hope I can smash the target - having raised so much in just the first few weeks, it does seem like there’s a good chance.”
Donations can be made online to Adam’s Just Giving page, ‘2022: 5k Everyday’.