'He did it!' Runner completes incredible 220-mile trek
- Credit: Paul Chesterton
A Norwich City fan has run, walked and hobbled nearly 220 miles to Manchester United's Old Trafford in memory of his brother-in-law who died of Covid last year.
Mark Laws set off on his challenge from Carrow Road on April 10 and took on marathon-like distances each day for a week to reach Manchester ahead of the Canaries' clash with the Red Devils on Saturday.
"I feel I got off lightly," Mark joked, who admittedly did no training for the gruelling trek.
"My ankles are sore from the first two days, where I did about 30 of the 65 miles off-road - on mud and very soft, uneven ground.
"There were points where we were crawling through dykes and bramble bushes - it was a nightmare."
He added that due to navigation issues, he wracked up an extra 15 to 20 miles on to his already eye-watering mileage.
Mark's efforts have raised more than £6,500, which he will split between six organisations and charities, the NHS, Widowed and Young, Winston's Wish and Miles4Meals, as well as the Norwich City and Manchester United Community Foundations.
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He added: "It was a very surreal experience. I'm sure it will start to sink in that it actually happened in a few days time.
"The highlight was definitely the amount of support and generosity that I got. The world of social media can be a venomous place at times but everything I received was positive.
"The amount of people that came and ran with me - little things like that made my experience nothing but positive."
The 40-year-old personal trainer and development coach, who now lives in Wisbech, was pitch side ahead of kick-off drumming up support from both home and away fans.
He added: "It was very surreal. The whole stadium erupted into a round of applause. It makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up when you're stood in the middle of all that."
To donate to those supported by Mark's challenge, visit linktr.ee/marklaws2011.