Fun Runners go the extra mile for MND

This year's Fun Run Relay participants have raised an incredible £42,763 to help provide life changing services and power MND research.

Fun Runners go the extra mile for MND

Posted : 02/06/2021

MND Scotland’s virtual Fun Run Relay race has proven a huge success once again!

Over 400 people signed up to take part in the relay, raising an incredible £42,763 to support people affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND) across Scotland and power cutting-edge MND research - with money still coming in from fundraisers.

For the second year, the event replaced our annual in-person event at Strathclyde Park and encouraged the MND community to come together in spirit while COVID-19 restrictions are still in place.

We set our community the collective target of covering the length of the Scottish mainland, from John O’Groats to Gretna, but our supporters went the extra mile - and then some! Instead of covering just 581 kilometres, our supporters went over our and a half times further, clocking-up an astounding 2,723 kilometres!

People of all ages and abilities entered the relay. Entire families took part in the event, with mums and dads, kids and grandparents, friends and colleagues, and four-legged friends all showing their support.

Every penny raised will help fuel essential services for people affected by MND, and power pioneering MND research.

Our award winners

For the Fun Run Relay we set our supporters a fun challenge to capture the best moments from their races. We've selected winners for the following prize categories:

Best Blue Baton

There were so many fantastic entries for best blue baton, but we think Dawn and Kai Ottley went above and beyond with this fantastic design for Grandpa Paul. Dawn and Kai promised they’d also do an ice bucket challenge if they hit £3,000 which they absolutely smashed! Well done guys!

Best fancy dress


Let's hear it for Elaine and Fred Aspinall who stepped out in style as Bananaman and Bananawomen for their walk to Portobello Promenade! Well done to Lynne Robertson who organised the team’s walk!

Best medal ceremony


We think Yvonne Martin and her family deserve some praise for their seaside medal ceremony! The family walked/ran/crawled/cycled and danced as much as they could to raise awareness and vital funds for MND Scotland.

Best dressed dog


Wonderwoman (Sandy Heard) and her pooch looked quite the part for the Fun Run Relay. We'll be sending this lucky doggo a special MND Scotland bandana! All the other dogs at the park will be so jealous.

Best Sock Photo


Finally, our award for ‘Best Sock Photo’ goes to Denise McFalls and team. We agree that googly eyes are a great addition to our Fun Run socks! Thank you for helping us fight back against MND.

Each winning team will receive a glass trophy, one of our Wee Cup of Tea for MND mugs, and a certificate for each team member.

Iain McWhirter, Interim Chief Executive at MND Scotland, commented: "I'd like to thank each and every one of you who took part in our second Fun Run Relay for MND Scotland.

"The last year has been incredibly difficult for the whole country, and for people with MND the worries and challenges have been amplified many times over due to the pandemic. We are delighted that, once again, the MND Scotland community came together in spirit to fight back against MND.

"We've been blown away by the creativity, the generosity, and the commitment of our supporters across Scotland and beyond. You make everything we do possible and I know every family going through MND right now is so grateful for every step you've taken and every penny you've raised. On behalf of us all, thank you." 

Make a donation

Did you miss your chance to take part in this year’s Fun Run Relay? You can still make a difference by supporting MND Scotland with a donation.

Whether it's £1 or £100, every penny helps us support people in Scotland affected by MND and fund more pioneering research to find a cure.

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“We've been blown away by the creativity, the generosity, and the commitment of our supporters across Scotland and beyond.”

Iain McWhirter | Head of Fundraising

Iain McWhirter | Head of Fundraising