From Pole to Paris, Colin’s climate run

Climate Challenge runner Colin Williams from Innerleithen

Climate Challenge runner Colin Williams from Innerleithen

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Innerleithen athlete Colin Williams is running 90 miles through the Borders from Edinburgh and crossing into England and Northumberland as part of the UK leg of Pole to Paris.

This is a 3000km running relay from the Arctic Circle in Sweden finishing in Paris at the end of the November to raise awareness of the United Nations Climate Change talks being held in Paris at that time.

Moorfoot Runners secretary Colin will start in Edinburgh on Saturday and finish at his home in Innerleithen, before progressing on to Ancrum via Selkirk on Sunday and then on Monday heading up into the Cheviots and onto the Pennine Way before dropping down to the A68 at the village of Byrness on the other side of Carter Bar. From there he will hand over the baton to Morgan Donnelly, the 2011 British Hill Running Champion who will take the baton south.

“When I was approached I jumped at the opportunity, even though I haven’t run further than a marathon for a decade and I certainly haven’t run three of them day after day,” he said.

“However I am very motivated. The idea of the run is to generate interest and raise awareness so that the politicians realise they need to pull their finger out and get a real agreement sorted for the good of all.”

Visit www.poletoparis.com to find out more.