A KELSO man will be one of four dribbling a ball 300 miles for charity next month.
Cyclist and amateur footballer Chris Strothers, now living in Edinburgh, last year biked from Greece back to the capital for charity with friend Stuart Doyle.
This year the pair, with two other friends will run from John o’ Groats to Hampden Park in Glasgow, dribbling a football, to raise money for the Tartan Army Children’s Charity.
Chris explained: “After last year’s cycle, myself and Stuart started thinking about what we could do next. The idea of some kind of running challenge came about and developed quite quickly.
“I want to do this for many reasons. The physical and mental aspect will test me once again, just as it did last year. I want to prove to myself that last year was no fluke!
“The chance to see a lot of the country’s finest landscape and scenery is going to be incredible. I have travelled a fair bit overseas but I haven’t seen much of my own homeland. I’ve never been north of Aberdeen and not even touched the west coast.
“We have a great team of lads taking on the challenge and even though it will be tough I’ve no doubt we will pull each other along and reach our goal. Finally we will be raising money for a great cause: Tartan Army Childrens Charity.”
Chris, 32, attended Broomlands and the town’s high schools and his parents, retired nurse May and retired accountant Neil Strother, still live in Kelso.
He and the rest of the team set off on August 30 and will run the equivalent of 12 marathons in 10 day. The route will take them down the north-east coast to Inverness from where they will go down the Great Glen Way to Fort William and on to Loch Lomond via back roads, trails and the West Highland Way before pushing on to Glasgow.
They hope to finish their run in time to cheer on Scotland as they kick of their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Donations can be made to www.justgiving.com/jog4hampden. The footballers’ website is jog4hampden.wordpress.com/ and they can be followed on twitter @jog4hampden or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org