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England fan takes the long route
Rory Coleman
Rory Coleman aims to run more than 1,300 miles to Lisbon
A fanatical England football fan is starting an epic journey to Portugal to watch the national team's first match in June's European Championships.

Rory Coleman aims to run more than 1,300 miles from London across Europe to a football stadium in Lisbon.

The 42-year-old will complete an average of 30 miles per day ahead of England's clash with France on 13 June.

The event will raise money for male cancer charity Everyman, adopted by Mr Coleman after a cancer scare last year.

Mr Coleman, the director of a printing firm, will be dressed in full England strip and will carry a huge St George's flag for the duration of his run.

He is an extreme runner, having completed 424 marathons.

This is the maddest run I have ever attempted
Rory Coleman
However, he said he was a heavy drinker 10 years ago, weighing 15 stone and smoking 40 cigarettes per day.

After leaving the Football Association's head office in central London, Mr Coleman's route will take him to Portsmouth.

From there, he will catch a ferry before continuing his run through France and Spain.

Mr Coleman, from Long Eaton, Derbyshire, said: "This is the maddest, longest, most extreme run I have ever attempted."

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