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Huntly FC squad go on the run for charity

By Pat Scott

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PRE season training might be off for Huntly FC but from today, the playing squad, members of the management team and officials will be clocking up the miles in a charity event.

A group of 23 have set themselves the challenge of running or cycling the equivalent distance of from Christie Park to every other Highland League ground - 812 miles or 1307 kilometres.

Recently appointed manager Allan Hale came up with the plan to raise £1000 which will be shared by two charities - Huntly based, Networks of Wellbeing and Charlie House in Aberdeen which supports families with children with life limiting conditions.

Club chairman, Gordon Carter plans to get on his bike for the 35 miles and congratulated Hale on the idea.

He said: "It's tough times for clubs and many have been having runs to help their own funds but Allan and I agreed this should be entirely for charity. Both good causes that we picked are important in our community at any time but recently the services and support they provide have been more vital than ever."

Hale, who has spoken openly about his own mental health challenges, is looking forward to regular updates from the other 22 runners and cyclists.

He said: "It's really unusual circumstances just now but the players can run or cycle routes from their own houses to clock up the miles. I am hoping for daily selfies or videos of them out running.

"NoW and Charlie House are two really important charities, particularly just now.

"NoW more than ever is helping people with their mental health and wellbeing. A lot of people have gone a long time without any interaction which will have taken its toll.

"The demand for the services of Charlie House has increased by something like 80 per cent.

"Doing something for charity should bring the club and the community together and spread a positive message about club values."

To donate go to the gofundme website and search Huntly FC Charity Challenge.

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