Double suicide bombing survivor visits South Yorkshire football grounds in marathon challenge

Former police sergeant Russell Winfield, at Hillsborough, is running to all 92 football league grounds in 80 days to raise money for Macmillan and Great Ormond Street Hospital, with Spencer Taylor, csr development manager at Sheffield Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Roe
Former police sergeant Russell Winfield, at Hillsborough, is running to all 92 football league grounds in 80 days to raise money for Macmillan and Great Ormond Street Hospital, with Spencer Taylor, csr development manager at Sheffield Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A retired police sergeant who survived two suicide bombings has been pounding the streets of South Yorkshire as part of a charity football ground challenge.

Russell Winfield, aged 53, is taking on a bid to run a staggering 80 consecutive marathons, covering all 92 football league grounds in the country.

The grandfather, from South Wales, left his 77th ground, Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, on Friday morning, and ran to Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane and the Sheffield Wednesday ground, before finishing at the New York Stadium in Rotherham.

Over the weekend he also ran to the football grounds in Doncaster and Barnsley.

Russell is raising money for MacMillan and Great Ormond Street Hospital in recognition of the help his family have received from the charities in the past.

He was inspired to take on the run after his grandson, Indy, was born with a heart defect and underwent two operations.

The challenge began on Saturday, August 15 and will end at Loftus Road, home of Queen’s Park Rangers, tomorrow.

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