Students ramp up the miles for cystic fibrosis

A team of seven Borders College students from year two HND developing sport have raised a fantastic £660 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust by cycling, running, walking and rowing 500 miles.

The students take a well-earned breather after their fundraising feat.
The students take a well-earned breather after their fundraising feat.

Skye Crawford from Dalkeith, Cameron Watt from Edinburgh, Lyndsay Paterek from Galashiels, Erin Green from Thurso, Dwain Patterson from Kelso, Kirsty Morris from Coldstream and Callum Garden from Hawick all played their part in the 500 Miles for 500 Pounds challenge, covering areas such as Caithness, Edinburgh and the Borders.

All the students completed their miles individually due to current Covid-19 restrictions, making it somewhat more challenging.

Erin told The Southern: “We are so happy to have successfully completed what we set out to do.

"We walked, ran, cycled and rowed our way through rain, hail and some rare glimpses of sunshine, and we are incredibly thankful for the support and sponsorship from everyone.

“And while we can now put our feet up and rest, for those with cystic fibrosis, the challenges they face are still ongoing, therefore all donations for this vital trust are greatly appreciated.”

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust was the charity of choice, as Lyndsay has a 14-year-old son with the genetic condition, which affects more than 10,600 people in the UK and is a condition with which people are born. As yet, there is sadly no cure.

Individually, the students completed roughly 72 miles each.

Skye completed over 100 miles herself, while Cameron completed a 31.99km ride – the longest distance recorded in one sitting for the event and Lyndsay battled with the Borders weather throughout her stint.

Erin kept the social media up to date and did behind the scenes work, and Dwain says he played more golf than Tiger Woods, ramping up his miles over the golf course.

Finally, Kirsty and Callum did a great job of keeping up the team morale as much as possible throughout.

The team finished off by saying: “A massive thank you to everyone who donated and supported us throughout the event.

"We couldn’t have done it without all of your kind words and donations.”