On Saturday the Borders Barmy Army took part in one of our extremely popular sponsored Tread Mill days for charity, but this was one with a difference, this time we ran in full Fire Fighter Gear!
The day got off to a good start, we were changing runners every 30 minutes and we were a popular sight collecting in kilts and running in full fire fighter gear! However disaster struck at 11am when the tread mill broke down. Thankfully Lothian and Borders Fire & Rescue Service, who had come to ocean terminal to support us managed to source us two static bikes from Pure Gym! After about 45 minutes of the treadmill breaking down the challenge changed for the better with 2 guys in full firefighter gear cycling until 6pm!
We would like to say a huge thank you to Lothian & Borders Fire & Rescue Service for Supporting us throughout this challenge, Ocean Terminal for allowing us to hold the event, Pure Gym for kindly donating the Static Bikes for the day, Boots for Donating plenty of Water etc, and to all the shoppers for generously donating!
BBA Twins Completed the New York Marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support
We did it!!!
This was undauntedly the best thing we have ever done!
On the 6th of November we were lucky enough to be 2 of 79 UK runners to run the New York City Marathon representing Macmillan Cancer Support!
We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored us, Kelso Races, R.P. Adams, David Johnson and Border Sports & Leisure Trust, everyone who logged on to Asics Support your runner and sent us motivation messages that we got at mile 22 of the marathon especially Rachel, Louise and the BBA Boys and to Macmillan Cancer Support for supporting us and for being such fantastic hosts while we were in New York!
The marathon was a tremendous experience, the weather was fantastic, 2.5 million people turned out to cheer on the runners, they screamed every inch of the 26.2 miles for the twins in their kilts, this has brought the current campaign to an end and we are extremely excited to now be focusing on the BBA 3 Peaks Challenge! If you would like to take part please click this link http://www.bordersbarmyarmy.com/events/2012-bba-3-peaks-challe
A special mention has to go to Big Brian Gibson who battled and overcame injury during the marathon and fought his heart out to reach the finnish line, and also to Kev and Paddy! Our fellor Scotmen! Who were fantastic company and and an honour to run with in New york! Well done guys, a fantastic achievement!!!
IF YOU EVER DO A MARATHON, DO LONDON OR NEW YORK ………………………. AWESOME!!!!
Kaye Niven of 5 Star Taxis, Galashiels receives the winners trophy with her 2 "horse ends" who ran a fantastic race. Kaye donated the £100 winner's prize back to BGH Macmillan.
We were delighted to team up with Kelso Races for the third time and run the Borders Barmy Army National Pantomime Horse Race 2011. The race was held to raise funds for the BGH Macmillan Centre and took place on Saturday 15th October 2011.
R.P. Adam Ltd kindly sponsored our race for the second year in a row! Plus many of the previous year’s horse sponsors also returned. We are taking 30 guests on the 3 peaks challenge in May 2012 and this was the firsy of many events to help raise funds for the very important Macmillan Centre at the Borders General Hospital, Melrose.
We have set ourselves a target of £10,00 and our pantomime horse race has raised a fantastic £3000. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all Kelso Races race-goers and staff who donated to our cause and, of course, to our race sponsor R.P. Adam and all our horse sponsors as listed below. And also thanks to Kelso Races to supporting our mad and fun event.
The winning horse was 5 Star Taxis of Galashiels who had his work cut out to finish just ahead of the 2nd placed Bertram Macmillan and 3rd place Borders Sport and Leisure horses (ed: Trades Description Act may need to be consulted on that one though!) who finished together needing a photo finish to separate the two.
Watch the build-up and finale of our fantastic race now.
Thanks all our sponsors for their generous donations to our BGH Macmillan Centre appeal.
1. Arpal Magic (R P Adam)
R.P.Adam Ltd are a leading Cleaning Chemical Manufacture based within the Scottish Borders. We supply a wide range of cleaning products to a diverse sector of businesses and hope that “Arpal Magic” cleans-up today! www.rpadam.co.uk
2. Red Rum (Reiver Recruitment)
Based in Galashiels and Berwick, Reiver Recruitment works with local employers to supply quality temporary and permanent staff. We provide professional and support-level staffing in all areas. 01896 750553
3. Golden Miller (J & J Tait)
With no job too big or too small, let us carry out all your painting and decorating needs. From paint effects and wallpapering for the home to professional signwriting for shops and businesses. We do it all. Established since 1960. 01835 822345
4. Ken’s Stag Do
Ken is a mature thoroughbred (old and skinny) stallion. Fortunately still ungelded, he has finally been broken in by the lovely filly, Rebecca. Getting married on October 29th this is the ginger steed’s final gallop for freedom.
5. Papillon (Five Star Taxis)
Taxi company providing a Five Star service in the borders for over 10 years, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 01896 756789
6. Bindaree (Borders Sport and Leisure Trust)
Leisure trust providing fitness leisure facilities throughout the Scottish Borders. Helping to get borderers more active more often. www.bslt.org.uk
7. Lord Gyllene (Central Gas Services & Queens Head, Kelso)
Central Gas Services can help you with your new central heating systems from the installation to repairs. We have a high reputation among all our customers for our high standard of work. At the Queens Head Hotel, you will find a warm and friendly welcome in this family run establishment. Whether looking for a relaxing holiday, weekend break, or a memorable meal, the Queens Head Hotel will provide you with the perfect setting. www.borderscentralheating.co.uk and www.queensheadhotelkelso.com
8. Minniehoma (A1 Aerials, Melrose)
At A1 Aerials we pride ourselves on delivering quality aerials and satellite solutions at affordable prices. We cater for both the domestic and commercial markets. If it involves an aerial or satellite or even both, A1 Aerials has the solution for you. www.a1aerials.tv
9. Rubstic (Grant Buchan painter, Galashiels)
A painting and decorating service based in Galashiels with a quality finish for the Scottish Borders and beyond. 07790771312
10. Bertram Macmillan
Macmillan Cancer Support horse supported by the Bertram family. Macmillan believe everyone should be entitled to the best cancer treatment and support,wherever they are. If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just someone to talk to, call free 0808 808 00 00.
11. Comply or Die (Grove Bedding, Galashiels)
Grove Bedding family run business est 1964, one of Scotlands most prestigious suppliers and manufacturers of high-quality mattresses, beds and frames. Not only do we supply beds & mattresses through out our shops we also supply to the hotels, guest houses, hospitals and letting agencies. www.grovebedding.com - Current Champions!
12. Party Politics (W Hislop Flooring Services, Jedburgh & Melrose)
Come to us for accurate planning and professional laying of a wide range of floor coverings, with carpets, vinyl, laminates etc in a myriad of designs used in a wide variety of interiors. Visit our new shop “Flooring @twelve by W. Hislop” in Melrose 01896 823353. Also in Jedburgh.
13. English Raider (SCO) (Mr & Mrs Smith)
The English Raider is trained south of the border and has been aimed at this race all year. We train in a small yard in South Yorkshire and feed all our horses on the Equine Food of Champions – a mixture of good quality meal, syrup of figs, Guinness and concentrated prune juice for added propulsion.
The trainers are a little concerned that the front end of the horse will be putting up a stone overweight but they are assured that this is ‘all muscle’. The horse has agreed to give all prize money to Macmillan Cancer Support.
14. Dobbin (Borders Barmy Army)
The Borders Barmy Army is a group of people who live in the Scottish Borders who do daft and difficult challenges for charity in our trademark kilts. We have now launched our new campaign that will see us and 30 participants take on the 3 peaks challenge in our trademark kilts in May 2012. We will be fundraising for the Borders Macmillan Unit at the Borders General Hospital. To find out how to join us in our 3 peaks challenge or to sponsor us please visit www.bordersbarmyarmy.com
15. Hedgehunter (Slice of Lime)
Sliceoflime.net is a small web design and development IT company based in the beautiful rolling hills of the Scottish Borders. With over 10+ years of experience working within IT we have the ability and professionalism to deliver on all your web and IT requirements. www.sliceoflime.net
16. Ballabriggs (AVcomms Scotland Ltd)
AVcomms strives to become market leaders in consultancy, design and installation of multimedia and communications technologies. With over 15 years experience, AVcomms can provide your business and residential alike with a cost effective and professional service. www.avcommsltd.com
See how much fun our inaugural race in 2009 was below.
4 intrepid BBA members became Fire Fighters for a day at the Scottish International Fire Training Centre in Edinburgh. We raised £915 to help raise funds for the very worthwhile Fire Fighters charity.
The day was absolutely fantastic with us learning how to fight fires, search for and rescue casualties, use breathing apparatus and work as a highly disciplined team. After learning all about these vital tasks, we put it all into practice on “The ship”, the dedicated structure used for fire simulation exercises. To say the adrenaline was pumping would be an understatement.
We, in Britain, rely on the bravery, honesty and specialised knowledge of all the emergency services and the Borders Barmy Army wanted to support a charity which helps Fire Service personnel.
We have came away with a greater appreciation of what it means to be a fire fighter in the UK and respect even more, if that was possible, the dedication, integrity, skill and disciplne of the people who make up our Fire Service.
Have you completed this challenge? Want to wish us luck? Contact us here, we’d love to hear from you.
The Fire Fighters charity. is the UK’s leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families. We’re available for all members of the fire service community during their times of need, assisting thousands of individuals every year by providing pioneering treatment and support services.
We spent Sunday 21st of August 2011 running on a treadmill between 11am and 6pm at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre in Edinburgh and, as usual, ran in our Kilts!!!
We are delighted to say that, due to the generosity of all shoppers on the day, we raised £755.10. So, thank you to everyone who donated to our cause and a special thank you to Ocean Terminal for allowing us to fund raise in this fun and unusual way. Plenty of photographs were taken by customers and tourists alike and some new friends were made. Keep coming back to our website or Follow us on Facebook for more up and coming events.
This was part of our fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support and our challenge to run London, Loch Ness and New York marathons this year!