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Football coach Gary Attwood walks 195.2 miles in 49 hours to raise funds for RHP

A youth football coach has walked nearly 200 miles in a fortnight to raise funds for his club amid the coronavirus crisis.

RHP coach Gary Attwood, from Newark, has spent 49 hours and 43 minutes on the road over the past two weeks, clocking 195.2 miles, the distance between all of the teams in the under-16s league his side plays in.

Garry Attwood (34532709)
Garry Attwood (34532709)

Distances were taken from club to club in a continuous loop.

In essence he walked to Long Bennington, Woodhall Spa, Skegness Town, Louth Old Boys, Cleethorpes Patterson’s, Cleethorpes East Tans, Immingham, Bottesford town (Scunthorpe), Appleby Frodingham, Welton Bombers, Lincoln United, Ruston Sports and Ruston Colts.

He shared his final steps on Facebook as he finished at the YMCA Activity Village, where RHP plays their football.

Aged 39, he said it was straining on his body, and didn’t plan on repeating the feat soon because of his injured knees.

“We raised £2,000 and it is still creeping up slowly,” said Attwood.

“And, to be honest, I didn’t think we would have come close to that.

“With the position that everybody is in, £500 would have been a real bonus, so it shows how good the support has been.”

Attwood started the walking challenging in a bid to make up some of the lost funds the club would have generated through its annual summer football tournament, which hosts more than 140 players over a weekend of football.

“It usually sets us up financially for the upcoming season in terms of supplying track suits for players who haven’t got one and things like that,” Attwood said.

“The reason I have done this is to give opportunities to kids who have the chance to get where Manni Norkett and Theo Williams are now.”

Williams, 16, and Norkett, 16, played under Attwood at RHP and have signed scholarship at Sheffield United and Manchester United respectively.

Attwood said keeping the club going is important as it brings moments like these.

His team will move up to an under-17s and under-18s league next season and he had no doubt the passion to return to playing is still there.

“It could go either way, but I have been in contact with the parents and they are all wanting to come back, which is great,” he said.

“I want to say a big well done to both Manny and Theo,” he said.

He also thanked everybody at the club for donating.

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