Mansfield Town’s head physiotherapist Tom Whittamore and strength and conditioning coach David Waldie have been running 10km per day in November to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
The charity challenge was first started in 2018 by Rotherham United head of medical Stephen Gilpin and performance manager Ross Burbeary, and this year, they have invited other Football League clubs to get involved.
Tom and David put their names forward to represent the Stags in this year’s challenge, and the pair have smashed through their initial target of raising £500.
Stags’ strength and conditioning coach, David, said: “Myself and Tom Whittamore, the physio, are running ten kilometres every day [in November] for Prostate Cancer UK.
“We’re logging our runs every day and we’re trying to raise as much money as possible for a worthy cause.
“Some are doing 25km per day on a bike, but myself and Tom are striving to do the ten kilometre runs every day. It’s about raising as much money as possible.
“When we have away trips, we’re just planning [our runs] around the travel schedule and the games.
“We’re doing it to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. We’ve got a JustGiving page set up (see below) – we originally put a £500 goal, but we’ve already passed that.”
Tom, the club’s physio, added: “Dave [Waldie] is friends with one of the guys who set up the challenge and said to me ‘Tom, do you fancy doing it?’
“I thought, ‘300 kilometres in November is a challenge,’ but I got myself out to do a 10km [run] and didn’t feel too bad.
“So, I messaged Dave and told him we’d do it for Mansfield and represent the club.
“I was a bit worried about how I was going to feel after a couple of runs – initially, it was a physical challenge, but now my legs don’t feel too bad.
“I think mentally it’s tough, but it’s for a great cause and it’s absolutely worth it. By the end, once you’ve done it, it’s an achievement in itself.
“We have a JustGiving page set up (see below). If you can’t donate at the moment, if you’re happy to just share the link, you can raise awareness that way for Prostate Cancer UK, which would be just as good.”
You can donate to David and Tom’s JustGiving page, which is raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, by clicking here.