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Highland Rugby Club players notch up the miles in running challenge for Inverness mental health charity Mikeysline

By Val Sweeney

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Callum Carson says players are motivated to do their bit for Mikeysline.
Callum Carson says players are motivated to do their bit for Mikeysline.

Rugby players in the Highlands are taking part in a running challenge for a suicide prevention charity.

Highland Rugby Club's senior squad aims to collectively run 3093 miles – the same distance travelled to away matches last season – for Inverness-based Mikeysline, which works to prevent suicide.

The club's co-captain, Callum Carson, said 70 people have signed up for the challenge.

"We have asked if everyone can average above 13 miles a week," he said.

"The boys are really motivated by this.

"Mikeysline is such a great local charity and one which is close to our hearts. They do such a lot of good work."

Mr Carson, who aims to do 70 miles, said in the first two weeks the participants had collectively done more than 1000 miles.

Mikeysline was set up in 2015 following the suicides of two close friends within days of each other, Mikey Williamson and Martin Shaw, both aged 23.

The charity, which provides a textline service for those seeking help, has experienced an increase in the volume of texts and calls during the coronavirus pandemic.

It also has a drop-in centre, the Hive, in Academy Street in Inverness which has had to close during the crisis as a result of new social distancing rules.

Anyone wanting to support the rugby club's fundraiser can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/highlandrugbyclub

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