New year challenge

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A NEW multi-activity event in the region will challenge people to Beat the Borders in 2013, and locals are being invited to hear what the event has to offer.

Beat the Borders will be held on August 31 and will take the form of a 12-hour challenge comprising a 40-mile bike ride, starting at Melrose, and an eight or 18-mile walk/jog with surprise challenges along the way.

The event is being organised by Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) and will raise money to help provide care for children and young people with life-shortening conditions in Scotland.

The first of six free introductions (all taking place from 5.30 to 6.30pm) to the Beat the Borders challenge will be held on Monday at Old Gala House, then: January 22, St Boswells Village Hall; January 31, Jedburgh Town Hall; February 4, Tait Hall, Kelso; February 18, Burgh Hall, Peebles; February 22, Hawick Town Hall.

CHAS outdoor events manager Jon Heggie said: “Our introductory events are a great way to find out what Beat the Borders has to offer, whether you’re keen to take part, volunteer on the day or want to hear how your business can get involved. Beat the Borders will bring 400 participants to the local area for the August weekend and the CHAS team and I look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for what will be an exciting new challenge event for Scotland.”

For further information, visit www.beattheborders.co.uk