The feet are getting a bit sore and the muscles ache, but David Parker and Michael Moore are now halfway through their 97-mile charity trek .
The Scottish Borders Council leader and local MP, respectively, have donned their walking boots once again, this time for their Great Tweed Trek, raising funds for Radio Borders Cash for Kids appeal and Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team.
The intrepid duo, backed by support from the mountain rescue team, set off on Monday from the source of the famous river at Tweedsmuir.
Along the way, Mr Moore, a committed NO supporter in next month’s independence referendum, and Mr Parker, a committed YES supporter, have been holding a series of public ‘blethers’ along the route to Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Yesterday, it was the leg from Innerleithen to Melrose, and shortly before setting off, Mr Moore told us: “It’s going very well so far. The long-range forecast wasn’t so good, but yesterday [Tuesday] it was just glorious from Peebles to Innerleithen.”
And, on reaching what will be the site of the new rail station at Tweedbank yesterday, Network Rail and construction firm, BAM, were expected to hand over a cheque.
Two bottles of whisky – one signed by First Minister Alex Salmond and the other by leaders of the other main parties at Holyrood – are also to be auctioned off for charity.
Asked about his feet, Mr Parker said: “It’s hard going, but I think my feet have been the best of everybody’s so far!”