Walking the 45-mile John Muir Way might take the average person several days. But late this summer, a trio of friends from East Lothian ran the trail in just 10 and a half hours
Paddy Cuthbert, and his two pals Rob Begg and Joss Mitchell, set out from Dunglass, near Cockburnspath, and ran north to Fisherrow, Musselburgh only stopping briefly for food snacks.
The friends had embarked on this self-style challenge to raise funds for TheÂ Teapot Trust, a charity that organises art therapy to help children to cope with long-term and life-threatening medical conditions.
Paddy said: “We knew we wanted a tough goal, and something that people would want to sponsor us to complete, but we didnâ€™t realise quite how strenuous it would actually be.”
The trio spent many months in training, building up the mileage, while also working full-time and enjoying busy family lives.
Paddy said: “It wasn’t always easy to find the time to put in the training as we all have demanding lives but we have been lucky to be supported by our families.”
The John Muir Way challenge itself took place on September 28. Paddy said: “The weather was kind to us and we owe a lot on the day to our logistics guru Anthony Stodart.
“We were also joined by friends and family during the run. It was a tough run but made a great deal easier by all the support we received.”
Paddy revealed that the John Muir Way run was an amazing experience despite the pain. He said: “We had a fantastic time and it was a challenge we will never forget.
“After running for so long we were truly delighted to see the sea at Musselburgh and we ended the challenge by soaking our tired and weary legs in the chilly sea for 20 minutes, which, we were advised on good authority, would help our recovery.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved, especially as we have been able to raise precious funds for The Teapot Trust.”
The running trio have so far raised Â£6386 for the charity and Paddy said that they are still hoping to reach their target of Â£7000. People can donate at The Teapot 45.