Chasers complete their finest challenge

Chirnside Chasers hand over equipment to the local ambulance service.
Chirnside Chasers hand over equipment to the local ambulance service.

Back in August Chirnside Chasers Athletics Club started their biggest challenge yet when they commenced a 48 hour continuous charity relay run.

Over the course of the weekend around 100 people ran the 7.3 mile route through the centre of Chirnside and out and around Billiemains Farm before returning back to the village.

The Chasers hand over a cheque to staff at the Margaret Kerr Unit.

The Chasers hand over a cheque to staff at the Margaret Kerr Unit.

The event’s main sponsor was Greenvale Potatoes which is based at Chirnside.

During the 48 hours of continuous running participants covered about 350 miles completing about 46 loops of the route.

The event raised an incredible £6,400 in total and as a result of this Chirnside Chasers and the staff from Greenvale Potatoes have now donated three emergency Intraosseous Infusion (I/O) Kits which were supplied to the Scottish Ambulance Service for Ambulances based at Chirnside ambulance station with each kit added to the ambulances that cover the Berwickshire area.

They have also donated a new Heartsafe life saving defibrillator and external cabinet which will be fixed to the wall at Chirnside Community Centre.

With the money that remained the club were able to make an incredible £3,000 donation to the Margaret Kerr Unit at the Borders General Hospital. The Margaret Kerr Unit does fantastic work providing specialist palliative care looking after patients whose diagnosis and symptoms present complex needs when a cure is not possible.

Chirnside Chasers would like to thank organisations who have supported the 48 hour event including Greenvale Potatoes.

Thanks also to Robertson of Duns, Redpath Tyres, Chirnside Community Centre, Chirnside Tartan Army, Chirnside Bowling Club, Waterloo Pub, G. and M. Renton Newsagents and Chirnside Co-op. Also thanks to the first aid providers from Chirnside Ambulance Station and Chris Chalmers.

Thanks also go to everyone who ran, drove and helped in the hall, whose willingness and determination to make the event a success is amazing and quite staggering. Finally thank you to everyone who has supported the event and donated.