Earlier this year, Nathan Richardson announced he would be running around all 92 professional football grounds in the country. This was to raise money for Mind, the EFL's partner charity, who thanked him for his efforts. Last month he visited Brentford just past the halfway mark of his challenge and he is now up to 59 grounds.
47/92 grounds done ⚽️✅ @brentfordfc— Nathrich92 (@nathrich92) September 22, 2020
Picking up where I left off with a little leg loosener from Fulham to brentford, then onto Kew Gardens this evening to get back into it🏃🏼♂️
Tommorow @AFCWimbledon then heading west onto reading later in the week! #runaroundthegrounds ⚽️⚽️👍 pic.twitter.com/ZvfAy5Wx3j
Nathan is a 29-year-old father, ex-soldier, mechanical engineer and Rochdale fan from Greater Manchester. In January 2019 he was feeling down, depressed and unhappy with his weight and this was compounded by the loss of two close family members in the space of a year. He turned to running as an escape and started to see the positive effects that running had on his mental health and the joy it could bring him.
A few marathons later and starting to believe in himself, Nathan wondered what else he could achieve. So combining two things he loves, running and football, he began planning a challenge to run to 92 grounds in the EFL and Premier League - the equivalent of 95 marathons. His goal is to use his challenge to raise money for Mind and to also convey a message that running or any physical exercise can help to manage mental health problems.