Earning 61 caps for Scotland during a successful playing career, representing the British and Irish Lions across a tour to South Africa in 1997, two world championships with his club sides Melrose and Newcastle Falcons, it is no understatement to say that Doddie Weir is one of rugby’s most recognizable personalities.
After revealing he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease in June 2017, the Scot has been driven to seek further research into the condition and help support fellow sufferers with this, as yet, incurable disease.
“I had such an interesting time when I was a student as well, especially on sports days” – Doddie
Doddie and his Trustees launched the registered charity My Name’5 Doddie Foundation in November 2017 with two simple aim’s; to raise funds to assist research and investigate potential cures, and to make grants available to individuals suffering from MND, enabling the chance to live a fulfilled a life as possible.
Inspired by Doddie’s journey we decided at our annual Conference, hosted by the University of St. Andrews, to encourage delegates to join us for a morning run along the West Sands beach in the stunning Kingdom of Fife.
A chance to squeeze in some exercise while taking in the breathtaking scenery we set off as a group on the morning of Friday 15th June for the first ever ‘Charity of Fire’ run.
The morning light falling against the historic town was enough to get anyone out of their bed. Sabbatical officers, Administrators and Coordinators of Sport, even some Directors trickled in to join the pre-run warm-up, led by our own physical activity enthusiast and Business Manager Catharine Horn, before we set off at 7:30 am!
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To our delight, 33 delegates joined the 4-8 km route along the edge of the world famous Links Golf Course, returning along the beach, inspired by Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams. Quite the site for any local to the small town.
It was fantastic to have our partners at Precor join us for the run, along with sponsors ILOVETOUR, on the beach and full of energy. Further sponsors Aitken & Niven were also on hand as the support crew following our progress and cheering on the runners.
“thank you very much for your kind support, I hope you have a great weekend in St. Andrews … Remember some of you, its a marathon and not a sprint!” – Doddie
Those taking part were encouraged to donate to our JustGiving page for the My Name’s Doddie Foundation with a wonderful response. The generous donating, however, did not stop with the run as we finished up the Conference with our prestigious Dinner & Awards Ceremony.
Guests had the opportunity to contribute to the Foundation with a raffle and an auction throughout the night and our original target of raising £200 was shattered as the final total came to an outstanding £1,554!