Midweek date for May marathon run by Jedburgh's Chris

Rugby ace Chris Laidlaw’s latest 12-in-12-in-21 marathon charity challenge is taking place in midweek, rather than a weekend, because of work commitments.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 10:09 am
Updated Friday, 21st May 2021, 1:44 pm
Chris Laidlaw

The 30-year-old is an Edinburgh regional academy coach with Scottish Rugby and is involved in preparations for two June tournaments with the national women’s sevens squad, forcing a change of plan for the May leg of his year-long charity venture.

Instead, Chris, son of Jed-Forest, Scotland and British and Irish Lions ace Roy Laidlaw, will be having another tilt at the West Fife Way next Wednesday.

He is tackling a 26-mile run each month this year to raise money for three charities – the Murrayfield Injured Players’ Foundation, Marie Curie and Alzheimer Scotland.

He committed to that show of support for worthy causes close to his heart after the death last May of his mother Joy and the public announcement a few months later that dad Roy, 67, one of Scotland’s 1984 Grand Slam winners, was fighting Alzheimer’s disease.

With around £11,000 raised so far, Chris will effectively be repeating his April run, along the West Fife Way, from Dunfermline to Alloa and back.

That was the flattest terrain he had tackled to date in his series of runs, so it was a different kind of challenge and definitely a bit less demanding on the limbs, he said, adding that he was extremely grateful for all the support he’s had so far.