The NUFC-crazy fan who ran 1892 miles in 2021 for the love of Sir Bobby Robson

NUFC fan David White was spurred on by his favourite memory of Sir Bobby Robson.

<p>David has already achieved his fundraising goal, but it’s not too late to donate</p>

David has already achieved his fundraising goal, but it’s not too late to donate

A Newcastle United fan has paid tribute to his hero Sir Bobby Robson by running and walking 1,892 miles for charity.

David White was one of many Brits across the country who caught the running bug during lockdown last year and hasn't stopped since.

David is a long-term Newcastle United season ticket holder and has been going to matches since he was young.

Spurred on by his favourite ever Magpies memory, the supporter decided to spend 2021 raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The Foundation takes steps to achieve “significant new approaches to detecting and treating cancer”.

He said: "I started going to St. James' Park when I was seven, seeing Andy Cole and The Entertainers.

"I've been a season ticket holder for years, I got one when I was about 14 and I'm 34 now.

"Myself and my dad go home and away every week.

“I'm a big Sir Bobby fan.

Sir Bobby Robson.

"I was in Barcelona the day the game was called off and the famous picture of the umbrella happened.

"I slept at the airport just to see the game the next day and it was my favourite ever game."

David took it upon himself to raise money for the NUFC Fans Food Bank by running last year and, when 2021 started, decided to take on something even bigger.

He said: "I was discussing what we could do this year with the friend who encouraged me to run from the very start.

"We came up with the idea of doing 1892 miles on foot for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

David has put in the tough miles for the Foundation

"I got through to the time of the Euros in June then I pulled my hamstring and in July I caught Covid, and have struggled with long Covid since then.

"So the second half of the year has been a lot more difficult.

"I'd done about four half marathons before June but I've not managed more than 10 kilometres since then, it's been about shorter runs.

“Not bad for a lad who lives off Fosters and kebabs.”

David has already completed the challenge surpassed his target of £189, another nod to the club's foundation year, but it's not too late to sponsor for his efforts.

You can access David's JustGiving page here.