Selkirk woman dies during charity santa run at Bowhill

Bowhill Estate, near Serkirk.
Bowhill Estate, near Serkirk.
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A Selkirk primary teacher has died at a charity fun run at the weekend.

Evelyn Rafferty, 59, was taking part in the annual Santa Jog at Bowhill House country park on Saturday when she collapsed and died.

A popular, semi-retired teacher at Selkirk’s Knowepark Primary School, Evelyn was also a well-known golfer and hockey player.

She was treated by ambulance staff at the event but could not be saved.

Ed Morris, manager of Bowhill Estate, said: “We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

More than 150 people were in the estate grounds, taking part in either a one mile or five kilometres jog, dressed in santa suits in aid of charity Cash For Kids.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police received a report of a woman who collapsed within the Bowhill Country Park in Selkirk on Saturday during a charity run.

“The 59-year-old was treated by ambulance staff but passed away at the scene.

“There appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding this death and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”