Edinburgh man runs length of Scotland for grandad

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An Edinburgh man is set to run the length of Scotland to raise money for his grandfather

Ross Christie, 29, will be taking on the challenge of running the 864km Scottish National Trail from Kirk Yetholm in the Borders to Cape Wrath on the far North West to raise money for Alzheimers Scotland.

“The trail passes through some of the most remote and challenging landscapes in the country so it will be a real test of my running ability, navigation skills and expedition planning”, he explains.

Ross’ grandfather had been suffering from alzheimer’s for a few years before his wife and primary carer passed away, leaving him in a home and in need of constant care.

“I had just started getting involved in long distance running when this happened which made me determined to find a suitable challenge to help raise money for Alzheimer’s Scotland.

“I want to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland because they provide a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers and offer personalised support services, community activities, information and advice at every stage of the dementia journey.”

As an avid runner, Ross wanted to challenge himself and his abilities so set out to find a unique route.

“Before long I came across the Scottish National Trail and it’s combination of long distance, difficult terrain and inspiring landscape appealed to me immediately.”

He has already started warming up for his ultimate challenge next summer.

He has previously won the inaugural Saint Cuthbert’s Way Ultra, a difficult 100km route from Holy Island to Melrose. He also made an attempt at running the 9 highest mountains in Scotland , but due to severe weather conditions and illness, was forced to pull out after 40 miles and four mountain summits.

Despite the initial setback, Ross is determined to complete the task: “I am already planning a second attempt in early 2016 as well as running the Southern Upland Way this winter” he explained.

An initial fundraising goal of £3000 has been set for the 864km challenge but Ross hopes he will be able to surpass this through the various fundraising events he will be undertaking.