Rovers’ dedicated squad of fundraisers have topped the charts in the 2023 Prostate United challenge.
After 31 days and more than 150 pavement-pounding kilometres apiece, Rovers staff and supporters have raised more than £16,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.
And that total is more than double the amount raised by the second-placed club taking part in the challenge.
Rovers boss Grant McCann has been a passionate supporter of the cause for the last few years and was determined to get as many colleagues and fans on board for 2023.
More than 30 people took part in the name of Rovers, with many of them completing the the final run as a group, finishing inside the Eco-Power Stadium.
“It feels great to finish it and complete it,” McCann said. “It’s been mentally tough, doing this every single day but it’s an unbelievable achievement from everyone.
“The amount of support we’ve received, the donations. The togetherness we’ve created here to get this challenge completed, whether the staff are running, biking or walking, everyone has got through every single day.
“I’m really pleased and honoured to see everyone complete it.
“We started off with this to raise as much money as we could, and as much awareness as we could. But individually and collectively, there’s been a real togetherness within the football club and it’s important, going through any season, to create that inside the club both on and off the pitch.”
Aiming to raise much-needed funds and spread awareness, the challenge involved running a minimum of 5km each day in October. Alternatively, participants could walk at least 3km or cycle 15km.
Prostate United was started in 2018 by Stephen Gilpion and former Rovers head of sports science Ross Burbeary. The duo embarked on the challenge themselves following the death of Gilpin’s grandfather from prostate cancer with football staff from across the country getting involved over the last five years. More than £340,000 has been raised so far.
The Rovers Prostate United team consisted of: Grant McCann, Cliff Byrne, James Coppinger, Lee Glover, Kyle Letheren, Mat Hawkhead, Ryan Simpson, Gavin Baldwin, Sam Bowring, Sam Turner, Vic Keighron, Gary Simpson, Steve Hernandez, Greg Carroll, David Hall, Dan Breslin, Adam Pilgrim, Craig Collins, Charlie Miall, Adam Grice, Lee Walshaw, Andrew Bodle, Gaynor Waddington, Alex Orr, Jefferson Hall-Nolan, Tom Malkin, David Shaul, Steve Barber, Oliver Rowley, Stuart Swift, Harry Hurst.
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