ADAM Stead ran five kilometres every day of 2022 and raised more than six times his initial target for charity.
The Bolton-upon-Dearne teacher’s final fundraising total was £12,053 and he completed his 365th five-kilometre run of 2022 on New Year’s Eve alongside around 30 of his friends with dozens of supporters turning out to wish him well..
Adam’s epic challenge raised the amazing amount for Motor Neurone Disease Association when he was inspired to run after seeing the story of rugby league legend Rob Burrow’s struggle with the disorder.
“It was hard, particularly at first, but there were good times. I would get messages from people asking what time I was doing my run because they wanted to join me and Wednesdays became a bit of a running club with sometimes ten or 12 people running with me.
“Last summer when we have really hot temperatures was tough – one night I waited till 11pm to go out just so it had cooled down a bit.
“The last 20 days flew by and the last day on New Year’s Eve was absolutely brilliant. There were over a hundred people there some running with me and up to 80 there to support me.
“The support I got was fantastic I even go a video message from Kevin SInfield who is best mates with Rob Burrow and has raised so much money for the charity.”
Adam, 36, a vice principal at Astrea Academy Dearne in Goldthorpe, has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award in the Fundraiser of the Year category.
“I am chuffed to bits about how it has all gone I have raised a great sum of money and got lots of other people involved. I never did it for recognition but from a personal point of view it’s great to be nominated.
“I have told my family and some of my colleagues about the nominated and they are all buzzing for me.”