Second Twilight Run will boost charities

Eyemouths 5k twilight run
Eyemouths 5k twilight run

Eyemouth’s second Twilight 5k Charity Run will take place on Friday, August 23.

This years run is in aid of three different causes. The first is The Sick Kids Hospital at Edinburgh; the other money is going to two local children, Ava Crawford and Katie-Lou Maclean who both need sensory equipment. Both children receive treatment at Sick Kids Hospital.

Last year’s run raised over £700 for The Margaret Kerr Unit at Borders General Hospital and over 100 runners/walkers took part.

The run is the brainchild of the Run Eyemouth Group which meets on a Monday night at 7pm at Eyemouth Leisure Centre.

The group was formed over a year ago and has gone from strength to strength, with five jog leaders. The group caters for all different abilities from walking, walk/jog, right up to marathon runners! The group is split according to the person’s abilities and this works really well.

Some of the group are busy training for this years Great North Run including Hazel Cash and Correne Mole, who are both looking forward to this challenge!

David Dempster one of the jog group leaders said: “We charge £1 a week if you are a non member of Eyemouth Leisure Centre and whatever money is raised from this gets added to what is raised from The Twilight Run.”

This year’s sponsor of the event is General Mills, who have supplied the medals, race numbers and food for the buffet which will be in The Tavern after the run.

David added: “It is so nice to see people coming from all over the Borders and beyond to take part in the run and support it.”

This year there will also be a Mini Twilight Fun Run for children ages 0-12 organised by Ross Patterson and David Dempster from Eyemouth Leisure Centre. Their aim is to get more kids involved in sport and stop sitting about on computers, watching TV. etc.

Before the summer holidays Eyemouth Primary School and Eyemouth Leisure Centre, part of BSLT, ran a Junior Jog Scotland Club at the school, with up to 50 children going each week and they hope to continue this after the holidays. This group was to encourage children of all abilities to take part in running, not just because they are good at it but because they want to do it.

That’s why the idea came about for the Mini Twilight Run and to stress to kids its not just about winning it’s the taking part that counts! The money from this event is going to Eyemouth Herring Queen and Friends of Eyemouth Primary School.

The times for the Twilight runs are as follows: 6pm - Registration for Twilight and mini Twilight fun runs; 6.30pm - Start of the mini fun runs, to be done in age groups; 7.30pm - Registration closes for Twilight Run; 7.45pm - Race briefing/warm up; 8pm - Start of the Twilight 5km; 9pm - Buffet in the Tavern Bar.

For more information contact Ross or David at Eyemouth Leisure Centre on 018907 50557.