Charlie Webster's Challenge Day 3: a fire alarm, virus and car crash can't stop Charlie making it to Merseyside
Plus, don't miss your chance to win a signed Sky Bet Football League shirt!
By Charlie Webster - @CharlieCW
Last Updated: 28/01/14 4:31pm
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.
Day 3 - Bury, Bolton, Wigan, Oyster Martyrs, Canada FC, Everton, Liverpool
You couldn't make it up!
I'd just dropped off to sleep last night after my treatment when I was suddenly awakened at 1.10am by a fire alarm at my hotel. I was really confused and it took me about five minutes to realise it wasn't my 6am wake-up call.
Thankfully, it turned out to be a false alarm but it was quite funny to see everyone rushing down the corridors in their pyjamas - with me trying to catch up in my strawberry onesie!
It's been a day of surprises, to be honest.
If you caught the blog yesterday you'll know that I've been feeling sick, struggling to eat and finding it really hard to stay hydrated.
Well, today has been very similar - up to a point. It was a real effort just to make it to Bury so it was great to get a warm reception from the supporters there, not to mention some more donations.
I was joined on my opening leg to Bolton by a policewoman who had some real stories to tell about examples of domestic abuse she has come across in her work, and that reminded me why I'm putting myself through this.
I made it to the Reebok Stadium and I was feeling dizzy so a doctor checked me out and it turns out that I've had a virus since Friday or Saturday. I remember dripping with sweat before the Challenge began but I put it down to nerves; apparently it's a gastro-virus, which explains a lot!
On the plus side, I should be over it shortly. I only wish I could say the same about my strained knee tendon, which I'll now have to carry for the rest of the Challenge. There's nothing that can be done about it now because it needs the one thing I can't give it, which is rest.
I'm now running with ice packs on my knee to try and manage the pain and with a bit of luck I'll be able to have ice baths at Everton and Liverpool, because they are a big help.
Music is really helping me through the tough times. I was dragging my legs along the Bolton Road when YMCA came on - followed by Take That and Robbie - and suddenly I was dancing along.
My support crew is travelling in a convoy of four cars, one of which is a brand new car that I got for Christmas.
One of the crew had driven off to get some supplies when unfortunately it was involved in a little accident and sustained some damage.
Everyone is okay and, to be honest, material possessions are the last thing on my mind when I'm so focussed on my goal but, as I said, you couldn't make it up!
Please, please, please keep showing your support - it's helping me massively!
P.S. Don't forget that Sky Bet 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.