Rugby hero Chris Paterson urging fellow Borderers to step up to mark

Borderers are being urged by one of their own, Scottish rugby legend Chris Paterson, to put their best feet forward in aid of their chosen charities.

Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 3:10 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 3:11 pm
From left, Nicola Howat, Lynn McNicholl, Chris Paterson and Sarah Law at a launch event at Murrayfield for 2018's Kiltwalk.

The Edinburgh leg of the 2018 Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk will finish at the city’s Murrayfield stadium on Sunday, September 16, and those taking part can opt to walk distances of five, 13 or 26 miles.

Galashiels-raised Paterson, a Scottish international from 1999 to 2011 and still the team’s record scorer of points, with 809, said: “It can be a great day out for all the family, and you know at the same time that you’re helping folk.”

The 40-year-old, a Gala player from 1996 to 1999, was joined by Scotland women players Nicola Howat and Sarah Law, plus fundraiser Lynn McNicholl, at the launch of this year’s event, held at Murrayfield.

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Thanks to the support of philanthropist Tom Hunter, an additional 40% will be added to whatever walkers raise to boost the good causes they are backing.

Scottish Rugby is encouraging its own staff and member clubs to sign up, and Dominic McKay, its chief operating officer, said: “We are delighted to host the Edinburgh Kiltwalk again, and it’s a tremendous opportunity for rugby clubs, their players, volunteers and supporters to give a welcome boost to charity funds.

“Scottish Rugby has its own charity partners – the Murrayfield Injured Players’ Foundation, the Bill McLaren Foundation, Hearts and Balls, Wooden Spoon, Save the Children and the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation – and the work these charities do can be given a real fillip if people decide to support them and sign up for Kiltwalk in their droves.”

Kiltwalk chief executive officer Paul Cooney added: “We want to be the most powerful fundraising platform in Scotland for all charities, big and small, to raise significant funds for the people that need it most.

“Since 2015, when Sir Tom came in to underwrite the Kiltwalk, we have grown from strength to strength.

“In 2017, the Kiltwalk supported more than 700 charities all over Scotland, raising more than £2.67m.”