The duo charged with the fitness of the Coventry City squad are putting their own fitness to the test with a month-long charity challenge!
Head of Sports Science Adam Hearn and Senior Fitness Coach Andy Young are attempting to run 10km (6 ¼ miles) in under 50 minutes EVERY DAY in November to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.
Adam was inspired to take part in the challenge by former colleague Ross Burbeary of Rotherham United, who undertook the challenge last year, and now the team of medical and fitness staff from several football clubs are aiming to raise a total of £20,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with 1 in 8 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
More than 47,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, with one man dying from prostate cancer every 45 minutes – that's more than 11,500 men every year.
“Andy and I put so much time and effort into the players’ physical development, we often neglect our own fitness.
“After following the fantastic fundraising efforts last year from the staff at Rotherham United, we decided to represent Coventry City this year, by tackling this huge physical challenge and raising money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.
“I am also taking part in Movember to raise awareness for our event, however we’re still trying to convince Andy to shave off his beard!
“We’re now halfway through and the physicality of the challenge is taking its toll, but all of the aches and pains are worth it for this brilliant cause.
“The players have been really supportive of me and Andy, and inquisitive about the challenge and the cause as well.
“It would be great if the Sky Blue Army could get behind us too and support our fundraising – we’re grateful for any donations large or small for this great cause.”
Andy said: “This charity and cause is one that is very close to me and to be able to have the opportunity to contribute to the fantastic job Prostate Cancer UK are doing makes me very proud. The physical and mental toll this is taking on both Adam and I is huge but the eventual outcome makes it all worthwhile.”
Adam added: "We are also keen for other people to take part too. If you can go out and run or walk and post it on social media with the hashtag #run10kadayforprostate this will not only be amazing motivation for us and help raise awareness for Prostate Cancer UK - but it will also have a positive impact on your health.”