A DETERMINED football coach played a blinder in a gruelling trek to help raise more than £10,000 for charity.

Local man Andy Young was asked by former Celtic star Simon Donnelly to join him in covering a total of 300km - walking and running - before the end of July.

Andy and Simon - along with friends Martin Dow and Steven Smith - each covered the journey to raise money for Edinburgh Headway and Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity and the money will now be split between the organisations.

The support for Headway was inspired by former Celtic star and Simon's close friend Jackie McNamara, who collapsed after suffering a brain injury in February this year.

On the final day of the challenge, Jackie joined the walkers on a trek from Fir Park in Motherwell to Celtic Park and inspired everyone who was walking with him.

Andy, from Kilmacolm, said: "Just six months ago Jackie was in a coma and now he's walking 20km.

"He's such an inspiration to us all.

"It was so important for us to raise awareness and Jackie helped us do that.

"People from both sides of the Old Firm stopped and chatted to Jackie on the day.

"It was great to see that."

The Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity donation will be used to buy iPads for youngsters to help them keep in touch with their families.

To raise money for the 300km in July, Andy assembled a selection of raffle prizes including a Ronaldo shirt, a Motherwell manager's top signed by the current team as a tribute to the late Phil O'Donnell, signed Rangers and St Mirren shirts and a commemorative Partick Thistle top.

Andy, who is a coach at the St Mirren FC Youth Academy, prepared for the 300km challenge by covering 200k.

He walked and ran around his local area - and had to cover the most ground in the final week.

Andy said: "It was such a gruelling experience.

"To make up the 300km I ran two half marathons in three days.

"I calculated that the 300km is the equivalent of going from my house in Kilmacolm to Snowdonia in Wales.

"The four of us together covered the equivalent of walking to Belgium.

"I'm absolutely buzzing with the amount we raised.

"I just kept thinking about the stories of the kids in hospital, that was my motivation.

"Thank you to everyone who supported us."