Cray Valley footballer Kieron McCann challenges himself to run 496 miles in January to raise money for charity

Sunday 10th January 2021

CRAY VALLEY (Paper Mills) midfielder Kieron McCann is currently pounding the streets to raise money for charity.


The 28-year-old has challenged himself to run 496 miles during January to remember a close family friend, who sadly passed away five years ago.

Kieron McCann (centre) helped Cray Valley reach The FA Cup First Round for the first time in their history this season when they lost 1-0 to Vanarama National League South side Havant & Waterlooville.
Photo: Cray Valley FC

When he is not playing part-time football for Kevin Watson's side in the Isthmian League South East Division, which is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak, McCann's occupation is a railway track engineer.

“Throughout January, I will be embarking on the biggest mental and physical challenge I have ever set myself,” said McCann.

“I am hoping to raise as much money as possible for the Brain Tumour Research after sadly losing my next-door neighbour and family friend Darel Bryan.

“Darel was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, an extremely aggressive brain tumour in 2014 when he was just 33 years old.

“Darel bravely fought this cruel disease for 15 months but sadly lost his battle on 26 February 2016.

“Darel was just one of those guys.  No matter who you spoke to it would only be nice words they would have to say about him.

“With your help, I am hoping to raise as much money as possible, which will go to raising more awareness for brain tumours and fund some much-needed research for this devasting disease.

“I have challenged myself with running one extra mile every day for the 31 days in January.  For example, day one is one mile, day two is two miles and so on.By the time day 31 comes, I would have run 496 miles in 31 days. 

"I’m not expecting this to be easy one bit and have already come to terms with there being lots of rocky patches along the way.  However, knowing that I’m raising money for this great cause will help me keep plodding along.”

So far, the former Folkestone Invicta footballer has raised £1,830 for the cause and you can donate by clicking here: