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KENNY Paterson has completed his first ultra marathon

KENNY Paterson has completed his first ultra marathon - and helped raised hundreds of pounds for the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust.

The 27-year-old journalist from Galashiels was challenged to take on the Three Peaks ultra - a 38 mile off and on road course from Jedburgh over the Eildon Hills and back again - in May.

Training lasted five months and his efforts paid off, with a 34th place finish out of a field of 120 runners in a time of seven hours 44 minutes and 53 seconds last Sunday.

Kenny said: "When I first agreed to tackle the Three Peaks race, I felt I needed some extra motivation for my training. "So I decided to raise cash for the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust, which is doing great work in the Galashiels helping young people in the town to progress in their chosen sports.

"I have seen it myself that young people with talent have maybe had to give up a sport because they cannot afford the equipment they need or to travel to competitions. The trust can now help these youngsters.

"It was a muddy and painful experience at times, especially trekking up the Eildon Hills and in the last few miles of the run, but the thought of the money I had raised helped me cross the finish line inside my eight hour target. "Thanks to everyone who sponsored me, it really was appreciated," Kenny added, with the final total raised expected to be around £300.

Kenny is now deciding whether to continue his ultra marathon career - or more sensibly hang up his off road shoes.

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