​Humbled Chris keeps up the pace

​Humbled Chris keeps up the pace

Scottish Rugby Academy coach Chris Laidlaw is now three quarters of the way through his 12 in 12 marathon challenge.

Laidlaw, the former Boroughmuir and Scotland Club International stand-off, has been running a marathon each month this year to raise funds for three charities which mean a lot to him - the Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation; Marie Curie; and Alzheimer’s Scotland.

His ninth marathon was a return to happy territory for him as he set out from Fisherrow Harbour in Musselburgh and finished at Hallhill, home ground for Dunbar Rugby Club, where he spent three years as Development Officer.

He said: “The marathons don’t get any easier.About 30km or three hours into it, it really begins to get to you.

“It was great to be back in Dunbar.I had three great years there as development officer and, once again, I found the experience very humbling.

“I found people that I don’t really know connecting to the challenge, whether it was chucking money into the pot or coming out and running alongside me.”

On completion of marathon number nine, Chris joined family in Dunbar to watch on TV as the Scotland Women’s squad recorded their brilliant victory over their Irish counterparts.

“That was emotional too, as I’d worked with so many of the players from the sevens squad during the summer, so I was really happy for the group.” Chris Laidlaw

Chris has now raised close to £17,500 and has three more marathons to complete his fund-raising.

You can offer Chris your support via his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/12in12in21

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