MORE than £10,000 has been raised for NHS heroes of the Covid-19 crisis by marathon captain of Reading Golf Club.

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John Rusby, 65, along with wife, Hilary, played continuous golf from 4.40am - 9pm at the Emmer Green course on Wednesday, May 20.

It involved a 27-mile walk and only stopped when 100 holes were completed.

The money will go to NHS Charities Together.

The dusk-till-dawn charity golf challenge was to recognise the work of NHS front liners, including those who treated two of the club’s members who were brought back to good health becoming seriously ill with the virus.

Mr Rusby said: “Despite the extremely hot weather, fatigue and blisters, we were determined to complete the challenge to raise money for the NHS heroes.

“We have had wonderful support from all the members and staff and in particular, from the green keepers at both Reading and Caversham Heath Golf Clubs.

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"It was certainly a day to remember and an honour to undertake this on behalf of Reading Golf Club.”

He said a rainbow painting left on their car by grandchildren Eva and George helped spur them on.

Donations came from hundreds of people, including club members and people who enjoyed walking on the courses during the early weeks of lockdown.

The Just Giving web page will remain open for any further donations, and can be visited here.