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Community / Calder raises more than £3,000 by running from Fethaland to Sumburgh

Ryan Calder arriving at Sumburgh Head after 70 exhausting miles.

AN ELGIN fire fighter, who used to live in the isles, has raised more than £3,000 by running the entire length of Shetland’s mainland in memory of his father.

Ryan Calder completed his charity run on Saturday last week. It took him 13 hours to complete the 70 miles from Fethaland to Sumburgh Head.

After leaving the house at 2.30am to reach the start, he was supported by friends and family who ran with impart of the way.

“I was supported pretty much all the way by family and friends and even strangers driving past and beeping and waving,” he said.

“I ran a section with my cousin between Brae and Voe, I then ran alone until Quarff where two of my friends surprised me and then two more joined me at Fladdabister.

“I left some along the way and picked up my brother at Levenwick for the final stretch.

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“It was a tough day but I never felt like I wanted to stop. I was met at Sumburgh Head by loads of friends and family, along with friends from Sumburgh fire station which is where I started my career in the fire service.“

Calder raised £3,174 including gift aid, money that will be donated to The Survivors’ Trust and Brainkind.

He expressed his gratitude for the generosity and support he received along the way.


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