Cancer charity cashes in on 24-hour marathon walk

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A 24-hour walk held last weekend in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support raised about £3,500, including donations.

The idea for the fundraiser came about during a walk up Lee Pen, a hill near Innerleithen, on a cold January morning when brothers Robert, 44, and Craig, 36, Glendinning decided that they wanted to take “Just One Day” from their lives and raise money for a cause close to their hearts – both experienced the loss of their cousins, Alan Glendinning and his younger brother, Graeme, to cancer within six weeks of each other in 2013.

Starting at noon on Saturday, Craig, Robert and two friends – Jason Card, 27, and Craig Elliot, 34 – tackled four 9.5-mile circuits in the Innerleithen and Walkerburn areas, taking in steep ascents, forest tracks, wild heather hilltops and riverside paths. They completed a total in excess of 44 miles with accumulated climbs equivalent to more than three Munros.

To boost the quartet’s fundraising efforts, Craig’s wife, Nicola, organised a cake and coffee morning on Sunday, which raked in £730 with an additional £200 in donations on the day.

Commented Craig Glendinning: “We are amazed at the support and good wishes we received from everyone we met during our hike, from a complete stranger who donated £10 at the summit of Lee Pen on our second lap, to the group of ‘merry’ friends disembarking the last bus home from Peebles Beltane on Saturday night at the start of our third lap.”

z The photograph shows, from left,Craig, Jason, and brothers Robert and Craig just before they set off on their marathon fundraiser. The brothers and Jason come from Innerleithen, while Craig is of Yarrowford.