Ultra charitable move by race organisers

ENDURANCE athletes from around the country will be helping the Borders’ first palliative care unit take another giant step towards completion later this year.

Entries are already coming in for the first Borders Three Peaks Ultra, which is organised as part of the Jedburgh Running Festival.

All profits from the October 28 race are going towards the Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal.

Fundraising manager Clare Oliver said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Jedburgh Running Festival this year, and thank the organisers for offering to donate the profits of the inaugural Ultra Marathon to the Margaret Kerr Unit appeal.

“We wish the festival committee and, of course, all the runners the very best for the event.”

The Borders Three Peaks Ultra is run over 38 miles of forest tracks, hill paths and riverside trails, as well as all three Eildon hills.

Leaving from Jedburgh Abbey, the route takes in some of the region’s most breath-taking scenery.

Amongst the many who will be taking part in what is being described as the region’s toughest race is Hawick’s Mark Lyons.

The Teri has competed at some of the world’s toughest events – but admits there’s no place like home.

He said: “I’m really pleased to see the guys at Jedburgh bringing in an ultrathon. We have some amazing countryside to offer runners and the event should be really popular with ultra runners from all over the UK.

“I can’t wait to enter.

“I’ve now raced all over the world, yet running in the Scottish Borders never loses its appeal.”

Further details of the Borders Three Peaks Ultra and the other Jedburgh Running Festival events are available at www.jedburghhalfmarathon.org.uk/