JAMIE Carragher’s brother, along with friend Michael Powell, have completed their epic running challenge and smashed their fundraising target of £50,000.
John Carragher and pal Michael ran an incredible four miles, every four hours for seven days - a total of 168 miles – as they looked to raise money to improve the running track at Rimrose Valley County Park.
The community really came to the fore to support the runners on this extraordinary challenge with many locals joining on each leg of the challenge to help with motivation and encouragement.
Also taking part in sections of the run was John’s brother, former Liverpool defender turned Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, as well as former Reds stars Robbie Fowler and Stephen Warnock and also boxer Callum Smith.
John Carragher, who is a member of Marsh Lane Harriers running club, said: “We are delighted to hit our £50k target but the work is only starting now as we will do everything we can to fully restore the running track and provide exceptional facilities for everyone to use.
“It was a really tough challenge to keep going every four hours but to know we had the support of everyone in the community - and we could see how much money we were raising - really kept us motivated and energised.
Michael added: “We are absolutely blown away by the support. We can see the track becoming even more important this summer as the lockdown restrictions are eased and to know that we are in a position to keep improving the facilities makes us very proud.
“We were thrilled with how many people came out to support us on each run. It was crazy really that people would get out of bed to come along to do four miles at 4am. It really kept us going and I don’t think we could have done it without this amazing support.”
Donations are still being accepted as plans continue for the development of the area.
All donations received will go to the restoration of the track and facilities. The plans for the area include a full restoration of the running surface, installation of floodlights and a new pavilion with changing rooms and car parking.