Challenge to run the 1st Virgin London marathon 2010 IN OUR KILTS.
It was time to take the Borders Barmy Army to the next level. 10 members applied to half a dozen charities regarding golden bond places. Once we received a number of offers, we discussed it as a team and with friends and family. It was brought to our attention that a number of local families were in discussions with Whizz-Kidz regarding helping local people. We made the decision to support them and Whizz-Kidz, and we were set the fund-raising target of £15,000.
We were lucky enough to be sponsored by Borders Sports and Leisure Trust for this challenge, A huge thank you must go to our trainer David Johnson. David and BSLT took ten men that could not run across the road let alone a marathon, and worked extremely hard and (somehow) got us fit, healthy and ready to complete our challenge.
We also must say a huge thank you to Kelso Races and all our pantomime Horse sponsors who made our very 1st charity pantomime horse race at Kelso Races such a huge success!!!
The race footage is extremely funny and can be found here:-
We smashed our fundraising target and raised an outstanding £17,633 for Whizz-Kidz.
We achieved this by:-
1) Car Boot Sale
2) Xbox 360 fifa 2010 game competition
3) Horse Stunt Show by Les Ammi D’onno equestrian stunt team.
4) Paranormal Nights at Jedburgh Castle Jail
5) Charity Gig night featuring local bands
6) Sponsored running on a treadmill in Tesco Galashiels
7) Borders Barmy Army Pantomime Horse race at Kelso races
9) Golf Tournaments at Monksford House, Newtown St Boswells
10) Sponsorship from local businesses.
11) Sponsor forms for events and from friends and family before the marathon.
12) Advertising our JustGiving website to local businesses
We were lucky enough to have great success with the media during this challenge, our fundraising was regularly published in the local papers, and we were interviewed on Radio Borders and BBC Radio Scotland. We were also interviewed on ITV Border Lookaround program, and we were delighted to be interviewed by BBC news and photographed by the Daily Sport during the marathon as the 10 of us pounded the London streets in our kilts!
The marathon was extremely tough but something all of us will cherish for the rest of our days. The marathon weekend was phenomenal! We were constantly stopped on the street by people asking for photos with us. The crowd during the race is something everyone who has run the London Marathon talks about. They were absolutely sensational, there were no gaps throughout the entire 26 miles, with bands playing and people constantly cheering us on as we passed, and when you were tired and the legs were hurting it really did lift you. One of the highlights was the piper who played Scotland the brave when he saw us!
If you ever decide to run a marathon, run London, this experience will never be forgotten!