A HUDDERSFIELD man’s attempt to run almost 1,000 miles in just 20 consecutive days has led to the first minor injury – but it’s his back-up driver who is suffering.

Alan Boothroyd, 52, of Lascelles Hall is running from Land’s End to John O’Groats and hopes to arrive there on April 17.

His epic task began on Friday and is in aid of the Keep It Up campaign, Huddersfield Town’s fundraiser for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the club’s Academy.

Yesterday, his partner and back-up driver Lorraine Kiernan, 51, said: “It’s amazing I’ve got a blister just from doing the driving but, incredibly, Alan is fine. He is just so focussed on it.

“He’s been running far too fast though and has only just started to slow down. He couldn’t keep that kind of pace up for ever.

“I have run a marathon a few times and I knew he couldn’t continue like this.

“Because we get up so early in the morning, before 5am, he gets to see all kinds of wildlife coming out of the bush. So far he has seen owls and a badger.

“Last night we stayed in Taunton, Somerset, and will be heading through Glastonbury and then Bath.

“He needs a lot of pasta and rice to keep him going as well as peanut butter bagels and energy bars as he is running.”

Asked how he was managing to keep himself psyched-up to keep running this 940-mile epic, Lorraine said: “Fortunately any sort of lowness doesn’t last long and we are all here to cheer him on and there’s good luck messages on Twitter which are nice.

“He has had £8,800 pledged and his target is £50,000.”

The couple are due to get married in August but Lorraine says she is adamant there will be no ‘running theme’ to the wedding.

She joked: “Much to Andy’s disgust there won’t be any Huddersfield Town theme either. I don’t want to go down the aisle to the sound of Blue and White Army”!

Alan’s route will take him through Coventry and Nottingham before entering Yorkshire on Day Nine.

Part of that day will see him complete a lap of the pitch ahead of Town’s home game against Peterborough on Saturday, April 6.

He will then head for Yeadon and on to Penrith, Lockerbie, Lanark, Dunblane and Inverness ahead of the finish at John O’Groats on April 17.

Anyone can help donate by logging on to justgiving/actionman-uk. People can also follow his progress on Twitter at @alanboothroyd1