Rachel Biggar’s charity run honours dad

A cheque for £16,750 has been presented to RSABI, Scotland’s rural charity, following a running feat in memory of a well-respected member of the farming community.

Rachel Biggar, the daughter of prominent Dumfries & Galloway farmer, Donald Biggar OBE, raised the cash by taking up the challenge to run 100km in a month, in memory of her late father who died last year.

As well as being very well-respected, Donald was renowned for his Chapelton Beef Shorthorn and Aberdeen-Angus herds and was a stalwart of native British beef breeds.

He was involved in many organisations including Quality Meat Scotland, SRUC and the Royal Smithfield Club and had served as chairman of WCF, which kindly donated £5000 of the total amount.

From 7 June to 7 July, Rachel ran a total of 100km in Greece, where she is currently living, challenged by soaring temperatures and humidity.

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“Dad was a giver. He was generous with his time, advice, support and kindness and I know he would have loved the challenge I set myself – running is not something in my comfort zone! I am enormously grateful to WCF and all those who donated – sincere thanks to you all for your amazing kindness,” said Rachel.

Expressing his gratitude, chair of RSABI, David Leggat MBE said: “Donald Biggar was a highly respected member of the farming community and we are very grateful indeed to Rachel for choosing to support RSABI and the work we do to help people in the Scottish agricultural community who need some extra financial, emotional or practical support.”

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