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Running Man’s Total Tops £50k

17 May 2019

Scott Cunliffe’s fundraising total for his RunAway Challenge has now surpassed the original target of £10,000 five times over.

Boosted by the hundreds of donations he received on arrival at Goodison Park for his final run of the season - as well as a donation of £10,240 from Burnley manager Sean Dyche and the players - the total has now topped the £50k mark.

The RunAway Challenge saw Scott run to every one of Burnley's away games during the 2018/19 season, culminating with the finale when the Clarets played at Everton earlier this month.

Warmly received by the Toffees, Scott - who had upgraded his original fund-raising target to £38,000 to reflect the average Premier League attendance - said of the final weekend of the challenge: “It was probably the best weekend of my life.”

Scott’s monumental efforts were also celebrated by the Clarets at their final home game of the season against Arsenal last Sunday.

As well as receiving a cheque from captain Tom Heaton, Scott was welcomed onto the Turf Moor pitch to the cheers of thousands of fans at half time.

The ultra-runner was also presented with a commemorative picture to represent his achievement by Club Chairman Mike Garlick and Chair of Trustees and Club Director, Brian Nelson.

The image of the 19 stadiums he had run to was signed by Dyche, along with the words ‘Legs! Hearts! Minds!’ – the mantra Scott has used as his motivation for the entirety of the nine-month-long challenge.

Half of the funds raised by the RunAway Challenge will be administered by the club’s official charity, Burnley FC in the Community, and will support community projects in Scott’s home town of Burnley.

The other 50% will be split between the community trusts of all 20 Premier League clubs.

Scott’s JustGiving page will remain open until the end of May. Donations to his efforts can still be made here.

Scott can be followed on Twitter @sekott.

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