WHILE some Southend United fans will be racking up the miles on the way to Fleetwood Town this weekend, season card holder Ross Mckinlay will be doing likewise in the Loch Ness marathon.

The 23-year-old will be tackling the 26.2 mile course - alongside his father Steve - to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity having been diagnosed with a tumour himself just two years ago.

And Shrimpers midfielder Anthony Wordsworth was keen to wish Mckinlay - who lives in Thundersley - all the best for the run during his pre-race visit to the club’s Boots & Laces training ground.

“It’s great what Ross is doing to raise money for the charity and I wish him and his dad all the best for the marathon they’re doing,” said Wordsworth.

“I’ve met Ross before and he’s always had a smile on his face despite everything he’s been going through.

“He’s an inspiration to us all and a credit to his family.

“It was great to have him in at the training ground this week.

“Hopefully we can boost him before the marathon by making sure we get a win against Fleetwood.”

Mckinlay has already raised more than £2,200 for the charity, more than doubling his original fundraising target.

To sponsor the keen Shrimpers fan, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mckinlay11