Charlie Webster's Challenge Day 2: pushing it 'real good' on a rainy day in Manchester
Plus, don't miss your chance to win a signed Sky Bet Football League shirt!
By Charlie Webster - @CharlieCW. Last Updated: 27/01/14 4:59pm
This week, Sky Sports' Charlie Webster is taking on on a huge physical challenge.
From Sunday January 26 to Saturday February 1, she will be running a total of 250 miles and visiting 40 football clubs across England to help raise funds for Women's Aid and encourage football clubs, players and fans to unite in the fight against domestic violence.
She will be sending us a blog direct from her extraordinary challenge each day, so you can keep up to date with her progress right here.
Day 2 - Manchester United, Manchester City, Oldham Athletic, Rochdale and Leeds United
How did I feel when I woke up this morning? Rough as anything!
Not only couldn't I move, but I felt sick and had a really high temperature after going to bed at around 12.30am last night. I managed to eat nearly a whole banana but - gross alert - had to spit out a piece of toast into someone's hand because it felt like eating sandpaper.
The trouble I had with the tendon on the right of my knee yesterday really got to me psychologically (every time I took a step it felt like my knee was going to give way) so it was a real lift to see so many out to support me at Old Trafford for the start of day two.
Gary Neville was there and we each spoke to Sky Sports News before Manchester United presented me with a signed football, which was really nice. I also had loads of supportive messages, which helped massively.
Every time I've stopped at a club so far I feel awful and it's so hard to get going again because it feels like I'm carrying a 10-tonne weight on my legs. I feel like I'm running like a granddad!
It was no different at Manchester City but everyone there was great and I went on the pitch. The only trouble was I couldn't walk down the stairs to get there because my knee's not bending properly, so someone had to give me a piggy back to the pitch and back!
From City I ran to Oldham Athletic, where the players came out to see me as they were having their lunch. They were all really supportive of the Challenge - not to mention dead shocked at the scale of it!
I persuaded a few of the players to run with me but they only completed about half-a-mile because they've got a game against Wolves tomorrow.
I was also joined by a policeman and policewoman who are part of the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit, who told me that 75 per cent of their work is dealing with abuse, which is exactly what I'm campaigning about. That just goes to show how big a problem it is.
There was even an appearance from Greater Manchester Police's mascot 'Constable Cub', who ran about as fast as Usain Bolt! I tried to catch up but after so many miles it was a real struggle.
The road into Rochdale was very hard work - there was a massive hill but I managed to drag myself up it listening to the song 'Push it Real good' by Salt N Pepa. At one point I started dancing in the street and somebody then tweeted me saying 'it looks like Charlie's having more of a boogie than a run' which was funny.
As I head towards Leeds United I'm still having trouble with my eating; I think it's going to be a struggle from now on to eat solids.
I'm going through a massive amount of pain so please, please show your support by donating below!
P.S. I must say a massive thanks to Sky Bet, who are putting a signed shirt up for auction for each of the 25 Football League clubs I visit on my run. To find out how to bid for one, just click here!
Take a look at the route I am running on www.facebook.com/charliesbigchallenge.
You can find out more about Charlie's Big Challenge here www.justgiving.com/charliesbigchallenge.
You can follow Charlie's progress on Twitter at @CharlieCW.