Sean Dyche is the latest high-profile name to back the epic efforts of Burnley’s Scott Cunliffe and his RunAway challenge.
Now into its fifth month, Scott has set himself the season-long challenge of running to every one of Burnley FC’s Premier League away fixtures and with eight runs already under his belt – including Southampton, Fulham, Cardiff and Crystal Palace – Scott now faces the toughest part of the challenge to date as he attempts to run to both of the Clarets’ upcoming London-based fixtures in just 14 days.
Setting off from Turf Moor on Saturday 8th December, Scott will run to London in time to see the Clarets take on Tottenham Hotspur, arriving back home in Burnley on Saturday night. Early Sunday morning, he’ll set off back down to London to ensure he makes it to the Emirates Stadium to see the Clarets take on Arsenal on Saturday 22nd December. A total of 450 miles in 14 days, he’ll run the equivalent of just over 17 marathons.
Burnley FC’s Manager Sean Dyche met with Scott at a recent visit to Barnfield Training Centre and said of the RunAway challenge: “It’s incredible the work that must go into this and the energy given. What a fantastic effort!”
Through his extraordinary challenge, Scott wants to raise money for the official charities of all Premier League clubs and other community-based organisations, with a particular focus on projects that work in the mental health space.
“I spent two decades working for charities in parts of Southeast Asia that were seriously affected by violent crime and poverty. My experiences left me with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression – running was a major part of my therapy in overcoming this. I want to use that experience to benefit others and I think football is the perfect way to unite people in this cause.
“All the money I raise will go to Burnley FC in the Community, the official charity of Burnley FC. They will then distribute 50% of the funds raised by the RunAway challenge to local charities in Burnley. The other 50% will be divided between the community trusts at each of the Premier League clubs I’ll be running to or charities of their choosing. This way, I hope the challenge will leave its mark on communities across the country – not just in Burnley.”
The meeting with Burnley’s Manager follows nationwide interest in the RunAway challenge. In recent weeks, the Burnley man has been interviewed on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show, Sky News Sunshine with Alastair Campbell and on BBC Radio 5 Live.