Bruce hits 1,000

BROWNLIE’s of Biggar retailer Bruce Morgan has raised £2,500 for McMillan Cancer Support by running 1,000 miles in a year.

Bruce and his wife Donna support the cancer charity at their award-winning c-store and, as well as having collection boxes on the counter, they like to complete a special challenge to boost funds every year.
One year Donna participated in the Glasgow to Edinburgh cycle and in 2016 Bruce set himself the 1,000-mile challenge.
Shortly after Bruce crossed the final finishing line to take his total past the target, Donna said: “Part of the challenge was that he had to do one organised race every month throughout the year. This started in the snow in Carlisle in January, took in a race up the hills in Crieff and the Edinburgh marathon among others, before finishing among 7,500 Santas in the Glasgow Santa Dash in December.”
But it hasn’t been a case of the loneliness of the long distance runner for Bruce. Donna has been at every event, carrying the bag and shouting encouragement, while sons Stewart, 9, and Ewan, 8, took to the field with their dad for the final event in December.
Donna said: “It was tough for him at times, in the very cold weather in November and the dark nights in October but he persevered and completed it.”
Donna said she is very proud of Bruce for the achievement but laughed that she hadn’t seen his trainers since he crossed the line in Glasgow.
Donna and Bruce are now looking for a new challenge to help raise more funds in 2017.