A RUGBY LEAGUE referee will pass through York tomorrow as part of an epic run for charity.

Ellis McCarthy, who officiates matches in the National Conference (NCL), is running a total of 162 miles and his trek will see him run between every one of the NCL clubs.

As well as raising money for the charity Rugby League Cares, McCarthy wants to raise awareness for the rugby league clubs within the amateur game.

Having began at Beverley on Monday, tomorrow sees McCarthy run from Heworth ARLFC to York Acorn.

“I just want people to know that there are community rugby league clubs out there who are struggling during the lockdown and that they are a vital part of the community that we cannot afford to lose" McCarthy wrote on his JustGiving page.

"Hopefully the clubs and their players will follow my progress and give me some support along the way.

"I will give mentions to those following me in my progress blogs and hopefully raise some much needed cash for RLCares.

“In total I am going to run 162 miles, although I won't be putting my followers or indeed myself through the agony of having to run some of the extremely long distances between clubs in the different counties.

"In essence, I am trying to run as much as I can within the one to two hour exercise periods.

"Hopefully it well help me stay fit for when the season resumes, and I can get back into refereeing.”

Ellis is a Grade 2 referee meaning that he officiates National Conference League matches, as well as working as a touch judge for Championship and Super League.

To support Ellis McCarthy's run, visit his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ellis-mccarthy