A Speedy 10k A Day for Prostate Scotland

Goalkeeping coach Speedy Byers has been a busy man. As well as running his goal-keeping Academy at Palmerston on a Monday evening, he has also been running to raise money for Prostate Scotland.

Speedy has just finished his challenge of running 10k every day for 20 consecutive days, raising £1000 for the charity.

As he handed over the cheque, prior to our game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Speedy said "At the turn of the year, I wanted to do something to get fit so took up running on the 2nd of January. And while I was listening to the radio one day I heard a report about Prostate Scotland and suddenly thought that would be a good charity to support".

"I started planning to run 10k for 31 days in May, but while doing my training I was advised that if I was to have a break it would be like starting again so I decide to go for it and cut it down to 20 days. I have to be honest and say I think I may have struggled to do 31 days as it got tougher nearer the end, with a build up of lactic acid in your legs. However, when you hear that one man dies every 45 minutes in Britain, I thought I could run for an hour a day. It wasn't the running that got me it was the ice baths. I would rather have ran another 10K than get in one of them!".

Speedy took on the challenge during some of our worst weather but when he was unable to run on the roads he continued using the running machine within the gym at the Queens Arena.

His original target was between £300 - £400 but with the support he received from people he raised the barr and hit the four figure mark.

"I received tremendous support from everyone, people within and out with the club so I'd like to thank each and everyone of them".

Director of Prostate Scotland, Adam Gaines popped down to Palmerston to receive the donation, he added "We work across Scotland to raise awareness of prostate cancer and to make sure that men have access to information about the disease and its symptoms. The amount that Speedy raised in such a short time and in such an imaginative was extraordinary. It must have taken a lot of determination and energy and that energy is hugely helpful to us, it will allow us to reach out to men across Scotland. It will make a real difference and for that we offer our heartfelt thanks".

Speedy has turned his thoughts to his next challenge "I'm thinking of doing an Olympic Triathlon, a bit like the Ironman challenge. I've not thought of the distances yet but maybe a 400m swim, 25k bike ride and 10 mile run all in one day. I hope to take that on before Christmas to raise money for possibly a kids charity".

Well done Speedy!