Borderers put in hard yards for charity run

Jamie Orr
Jamie Orr
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Two Berwickshire runners are pounding the pavements in aid of their favourite charities this week.

Jamie Orr,from Greenlaw will be running just his second marathon on Sunday May 25 as part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

He said: “I will be running in aid of a local Borders charity, The Difference. This is an endowment fund that exists to enhance patient care in the Scottish Borders.

“More specifically, all the donations I receive will be put towards the Borders Dialysis Unit who heavily depend on additional funding to continually provide fantastic care to dialysis patients.

“My Grandad receives full time dialysis care on a permanent basis at this unit and so it is people like him who will benefit from donations.

“When I last ran the Edinburgh Marathon in 2012, I raised a staggering £850 which was split between Breast Cancer Care and the Lavender Touch, another superb Borders charity. This time, I hope to match my number of donations and of course beat my current running record time of 04:04:02!”

To sponsor Jamie go to or text: JORR91 £3 (for example) to 70070.

Meanwhile, the Edinburgh Marathon will be the fifth long-distance race 2014 for Louise Phillips.

She is undertaking her ‘14 in ‘14 for Freddie challenge’, which will include 14 marathons this year.

Louise, who lives in Powys, Wales but is originally from Duns, is running in aid of two-year-old Freddie Saunders from Leominster, Herefordshire who suffered a serious spinal injury in a car accident last autumn.

Edinburgh is very a home race for Louise, being born in Duns and having lived in Berwickshire until 1996. Edinburgh is a flat and therefore potentially fast course but a personal best may be a big ask as this is the first of 3 marathons Louise has planned in the next seven weeks!

Louise is almost half way to her £5000 target, which will go towards a sensory play room for when Freddie returns home later this year. Freddie is still receiving treatment in Birmingham’s Childrens Hospital but is making progress.

The 14 in ‘14 online donation page is: