Huge success for MND Fun Run Relay

MND Scotland's virtual Fun Run Relay beats fundraising expectations.

Huge success for MND Fun Run Relay

Posted : 25/06/2020

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

Over 700 people signed up to take part in the relay, raising an incredible £50,226 to support people affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND) across Scotland. That figure exceeds last year’s total by almost £10,000 - with money still coming in from fundraisers.

The event replaced our annual in-person event at Strathclyde Park and encouraged the MND community to come together in spirit, while we are apart due to Covid-19.

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 six times further, clocking-up an incredible 3,706 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.

Runners as far as Liverpool and Barcelona took part to raise awareness and funds for MND and to fly the flag for MND Scotland.

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 Natalie Spittal and team went above and beyond with this fantastic blue butterfly design. Well done team!

Best fancy dress

Let's hear it from Katie Corrie and her team who created these amazing costumes of the Forth Bridges and wore them on their walk over the Forth! Well done team!

Best medal ceremony

We think Janice Wilson and her team deserve some praise for their awards ceremony. Loving the podiums team!

Best dressed dog

Ashley Naysmith's 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 pose

Finally, our award for 'best pose' goes to Angela Paterson and team. Thank you for helping us fight back against MND.

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

Thank you

Iain McWhirter, Head of Fundraising at MND Scotland, commented: "I'd like to thank each and every one of you who took part in the Fun Run Relay for MND Scotland for Global MND Awareness Day.

"Because of the uncertainty around Covid-19, and the impact it has had on charities and the people we support, we didn't know what to expect as we began thinking of new ways to bring our community together, but one thing I've learned over the years is that MND Scotland's community is never to be underestimated.

"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 all our behalves, thank you." 

Make a donation

Did you miss your chance to take part in the Fun Run Relay on Sunday? 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 into 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