A FOOTBALLER has completed a daunting 465k challenge for the love of his dad who is battling cancer.

Alex Townhill, from Winsford, ran every day in April, increasing his route by 1km each day in line with the date, and has raised more than £1,800 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Every night Alex trekked round Middlewich, Northwich and Winsford for his dad Handsley, who has prostate cancer and works for Weaver Vale Housing Trust.

The 26-year-old was given a hero’s welcome as he romped home after his final run on Thursday evening.

“It was really emotional,” said Sian. “The whole street was out waving and clapping. It was such a nice warm feeling to see it happen.”

Alex completed his final 30k run in 2 hours 17 minutes, finishing at his parent's home on Birch Avenue.

“Alex was overwhelmed,” said Sian. “He didn’t expect such a response. His family, his dad’s work friends, his friends and all the neighbours came out in their gardens.

“It was wonderful to see how many people came out to support him.”

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Alex with Oscar and dad Handlsey after completing his epic 465k run

“A few beers were passed around and there were a few tears but they were happy tears.

“There was an overwhelming feeling of proudness."

Alex, who plays for Middlewich Town Reserves completed 465k, the distance from his home town to Dundee.

"Any donations would be greatly appreciated and really spurred me on," said Alex. "This cause is close to mine and my family's heart and I hope that any money raised can help towards prevention or a cause."

Partner Sian Farrell, 27, said: "We wish Handsley a full recovery and lots of love and happiness from the whole family.

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Alex, Sian, mum Michelle, dad Handsley, brother Jackson and brother-in-law Adam

"I am so proud of Alex and his determination. Every day he has been coming home covered in blisters, his legs are sore and he is sunburnt but he keeps on going."

Alex, who has his own painting and decorating business, is still working and set off on a loop around Mid Cheshire every evening.

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Sian and Alex with their rescue cavachon Oscar

"He has quite an active job climbing up and down ladders and plays football but he is by no means a runner," said Sian, who works in learning and development for an insurance company.

"It is getting harder as he has been adding 1km every day yet his pace is unreal. He has not slowed down once even in rain and wind."

To support Alex visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alex-townhill1