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Uni footballer raises hundreds for charity after gruelling 48-mile challenge

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Stirling University Football Club’s Louis Kennedy is used to putting in a shift on the pitch but managed to push himself to the limit of his own endurance at the weekend – raising hundreds in the process for SAMH.

Louis, who has just been elected as Housing Officer in the Union Elections, completed the David Goggins 4x4x48 challenge, which saw him run four miles every four hours, for two days. This culminated in a total of 48 miles.

The winger started his challenge in the early hours of Saturday morning, in his hometown of Falkirk, with runs around the iconic Kelpies in the Helix park.

Over the next two days he managed to sleep just 4 hours, running on as flat ground as possible to conserve energy.

“I think I actually prepared pretty well for the challenge. I did a marathon in the last lockdown, and to be honest that went a lot worse, so I used that experience to help me with this. 

“I just tried to pace myself, and not go too quickly. I made sure that I wasn’t going to the point where I was getting cramp or anything. 

“It was really mentally challenging though, it would take me a couple of hours to get to sleep after a run, so by the time I was ready to sleep, I had to get up again.” 

Whilst the challenge was incredibly difficult, Louis persevered, continuing to clock up the miles. He was helped massively through the support of his friends and family.

He was joined on a few legs of the challenge by his dad, brother and girlfriend, who ran and cycled alongside him. Louis’ Stirling University coach Mark Adams also joined him for a socially distanced four-mile run.

“Having the company of people doing it with me and being able to talk to them while I was doing the challenge, definitely distracted me from how difficult it was. 

“I had loads of people messaging me, sending donations and support, so I felt like I couldn’t quit because so many people had shown their faith in me. That definitely helped me keep going.”

Louis halfway through the challenge

Louis decided to raise money for SAMH through this challenge and has now raised nearly £500.

SAMH are a Scottish mental health charity who support people across Scotland to have better mental health and overall wellbeing.

“SAMH did a lot of work in the school my mum works in, funding personal assistants and mental health support, so I have a slight connection to the work they do, and I thought that they would use the money for something that is really worthwhile. 

“Mental health is so important, and I know a few people who have suffered themselves, so it is an extremely important thing to talk about and raise funds and awareness for.” 

Louis will be posting a short vlog of his challenge in the coming days on his twitter account – @louiskennedyyy

To support Louis’ fundraiser, you can donate here.

Featured Image Credit: Louis Kennedy

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