Hawick runner Paul Foster managed his 24-hour Border Abbeys Way challenge at the weekend – with more than seven hours to spare, writes Kevin Janiak.
The route, which started and finished at the Hornshole Monument, took in Hawick, Selkirk, Melrose, Dryburgh Abbey, Kelso, Jedburgh and Denholm.
A delighted but exhausted Paul said: “It was meant to be 68 miles, but I missed a few turns and had to back track a few times, so I ended up doing more than 70.
“I started from Hornshole at 4am and by 4.30 I was leaving the roads behind as I made my way into the hills between Hawick and Ashkirk.
“There was a lot of dew on the grass, so my shoes and socks were completely soaked through early on, which caused a few blisters and very sore feet.
“I had a 15-minute stop at Kelso (45 miles in) and changed my socks, which felt good.
“The support from friends, family and even complete strangers on the way round was amazing and really helped to keep me going, and hearing the cha-chings from the Just Giving app on my phone as donations were coming in was a real motivator to keep moving.
“It was a long hard day, but I’m chuffed to bits that I did it.”
Paul has raised more than £1,300 so far for Love Life Hawick, in aid of Cancer Research UK, and his colleagues at SBHA plan a dress-down day and cake sale to boost funds further.
Donations can still be made through Just Giving at www.justgiving.com/BAW.
Paul added: “I only started collecting prizes and sponsorship two weeks before the run, but the response was incredible.
“Jock Reid’s Bar in Hawick donated a bottle of Champagne, Lyle & Scott gave a Polo Shirt and a lady’s bag, Shorts of Hawick gave a cashmere scarf and Peter Scott donated a gent’s woollen jumper.”