Paxton to lead Duns RFC pack to Longformacus

Eric Paxto and his charity walkers at The Stobstane.
Eric Paxto and his charity walkers at The Stobstane.

A former Scottish international rugby player is walking the main horse rides of the region’s common ridings and festivals in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Ex-Kelso Laddie Eric Paxton has already completed some of his walks and will be heading to Duns next month to walk the 20 mile Longformacus rideout on the Thursday of Reiver’s Week.

The former international flanker has already completed some of his walks - including those at Mosspaul and Stobstanes - and is hoping to cover 250 miles over the summer and so far he has already raised over £4,000.

During his walks Eric has been joined by a line-up of Scottish rugby legends who had agreed to accompany his mission.

His first trek coincided with the Mosspaul rideout, when he was accompanied on the first leg of his 31-mile hike by former British Lions and Scotland players Jim Renwick, Roger Baird, Roy Laidlaw, John Rutherford, Rob Wainright, David Johnston, Jim and Finlay Calder, Iain Milne and David Lesley.

He said: “Mosspaul went really well.

“The weather was fantastic and we got great support from the people of Hawick.

“When we came back into Hawick on the Saturday evening, following the horses, we got an incredible welcome.

On the Duns rideout, on Thuirsday, July 11, Eric will be joined by some weel kent faces from Duns Rugby Club - Peter Gallagher, Michael Lamb (Screm) and John Aitkin (Doc).

Eric had hoped that his charity challenge would raise at least £3,000, but says after the fantastic amount raised so far, he is now just trying to raise as much as possible.