WITH football seemingly off the table for the foreseeable future, Gary Kenny needed a challenge.

However, the one he has taken appears far more taxing than any he would face on the pitch while captaining Warrington Rylands.

Running the distance between Land’s End and John O’Groats is an arduous task for any endurance athlete, with many challengers given 12 months to complete the task.

Kenny and running mate David Bowden, however, are making things harder for themselves by aiming to complete the 874-mile distance in just five months.

That equates to a 10km run every day for 137 days before finishing with a full marathon run to complete the distance.

The duo are aiming to raise £1,000 for mental health charity MIND as well as Ronald McDonald House.

“It's early days so I will keep plugging as the days and months pass,” said centre-half Kenny, who started the challenge on New Year’s Day.

“It's going to be a long slog but it will be worth it.”

Kenny joined Rylands when they were admitted to the North West Counties League in 2018 and has worn the captain’s armband ever since.

He had led Blues to the top of the NWCFL Premier Division and the last 32 of the FA Vase before the current national lockdown put a stop to football at “non-elite” level.

To find out more information about Kenny’s challenge and to sponsor him, visit his Justgiving page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gkletojog