Borders mum raises more than £1,000 for NHS Borders by running half-marathon round garden

A Jedburgh runner has used her garden to complete a fundraising half-marathon while in coronavirus lockdown.

By Kathryn Wylie
Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 2:37 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th May 2020, 7:40 am
Carly Raeburn with sons Ben and Freddie after running 13.1 miles around her Jedburgh garden on Sunday.
Carly Raeburn with sons Ben and Freddie after running 13.1 miles around her Jedburgh garden on Sunday.

Carly Raeburn, 28, completed the 13.1 miles in two hours and 41 minutes on Sunday, raising more than £1,000 for the NHS.

The mum-of-two had been due to run in the Edinburgh Running Festival’s half-marathon event this month, but after its cancellation due to the coronavirus lockdown, she opted to run the race at home instead.

Cheered on by husband Scott and sons Ben, six, and Freddie, two, the travel agent, employed by Jedburgh’s Border Global Travel, ran about 1,000 loops of her front and back gardens in Howden Drive.

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Carly Raeburn runs 13.1 miles around her Jedburgh garden on Sunday.

Used to running nine-minute miles, Carly said the slower pace due to the constant cornering had proved problematic but was worth it to raise £1,065 and counting for the Friends of the Borders General Hospital charity.

“I did a few practice runs of three and five-mile distances around the garden and it was sore on the feet and knees and made me really dizzy,” she said.

“I knew doing the half-marathon was going to be absolutely horrible, but raising money for the hospital at this time was a great cause and well worth it.”

The Friends of the BGH charity raises money for assisting staff at the Melrose hospital with equipment and other essentials.