Rangers pals complete the Scottish Football Stadium challenge by crossing the finish line at Ibrox

Two crazed Rangers pals crossed the finish line at Ibrox after blazing a trail around Scottish football grounds.

Ayr duo Jonny Duff, 22, and Jacob McKenzie, 23, finished at the famous stadium as they completed a series of seven cities, in seven consecutive days, seven half marathons.

The avid runners, who regularly tackle the Carrick Hills together, set off in the first week of April to hit the streets of Scottish football clubs in a bid to tackle mental health.

The pair set out to make it up for The Kris Boyd Charity after being backed by the former Rangers hero.

In just one week, the guys have experienced all the seasons; from braving the snow in Aberdeen to soaking up the sun on Leith in Edinburgh.

And it was the couple’s seventh chance with their runs through Inverness, Aberdeen, Perth, Dundee, Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow, raising £2,000 for charity.

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Jonny at McDiarmid Park in St Johnstone
Jonny at McDiarmid Park in St Johnstone

Jonny, a Kyle Academy alumnus who is training to become a PE teacher, told Ayrshire Live: “It was a really good week.

“The trip was a bit exhausting, but every race went well. We didn’t really have any problems other than a few blisters.

The guys battled snow in Aberdeen
The guys battled snow in Aberdeen

“In Aberdeen it was quite snowy and the terrain went through some golf courses which was quite challenging.

“Perth was probably the highest elevation we’ve ever been in, so all that training on the Carrick Hills definitely helped!”

“Getting up in the morning was probably the hardest part, it was quite difficult mentally.

“But we were always looking forward to seeing the stadiums, we are huge football fans so that kept us going.”

The duo spread word of the charity along the way with kind AirBnB hosts pledging donations and kind regulars at a Perth pub showing interest in their efforts.

Jonny said: “We had T-shirts with a picture of us with Kris Boyd. It sparked some interest and we got to talk to a few people along the way about what we were doing.

The guys had prepared for the challenge by running the Carrick Hills
The guys had prepared for the challenge by running the Carrick Hills

The duo admired all the views of the Edinburgh derby as they raced past Hearts and Hibs fans towards Tynecastle for the tie.

Jonny added: “We ran from Easter Road to Tynecastle which was good fun.

“The Hibs team bus arrived just as we were at Tynecastle. It was a bit of madness racing past the two groups of supporters.

The couple toured recreation centers across the country to rest after races, taking advantage of saunas and swimming pools while driving from town to town.

The duo experienced the atmosphere of the Edinburgh derby
The duo experienced the atmosphere of the Edinburgh derby

Jonny recounted how they had to dig deep in the final round to “save the best ground until the end” as they were greeted by family outside Ibrox.

He added: “We got to Hampden and realized we still had 3.5 miles to go. We had to dig deep, but we knew we were almost there.

Jonny praised the incredible support shown.

He added: “It’s amazing how along the way people have donated left, right and centre. It’s amazing how much we have managed to raise for the charity, we are so grateful for all the donations.

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