On Saturday 25th November, Scotland ‘A’ players Finlay McCreath and James Dickinson, alongside their friend Brodie Good, are set to run 70km (44 miles) to raise money for the Movember campaign.
The run will start from Loretto School in Musselburgh at around 5am, out to Tyninghame, and back to Musselburgh where they will hope to complete the challenge by around 4pm.
Explaining the reason behind taking on this challenge, Finlay McCreath said: “Myself and James Dickinson have always done Movember, and our school friend Brodie has done a few challenges before which we’ve supported, but this will be my first time taking on a challenge like this!
“This year it’s a bit closer to home because one of our best friend’s brother passed away, so we wanted to do a challenge like this to raise more awareness and get people talking, and hopefully create an openness around how whilst it can be difficult, it is so important to have these conversations around mental health. If we can inspire a couple of people, then it will all be worth it.
“We’re all pretty new to this level of long-distance running, so it’s been a tough few months training! We’ve done some pretty long runs recently that felt a long way away when we first started back in July, but I think knowing we’re running for a purpose, and having that bigger picture, has made it a lot easier.
“The nerves are definitely kicking in, I’d be lying if I said they weren’t, but I’m looking forward to it, we’re trying to make it a special day for our friend, and we just hope it goes well.
“There’s loads of people who’ll be joining in o the day to show their support, and it has all been incredible so far. We never really had any expectation around how much we’d look to raise, we just said £5000 would be out of this world, so to reach that mark is incredible. So many people have supported us and it just highlights how important an issue this is to so many people.”