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Player-manager Steven Mackay's 80-mile Cash for Kids charity run smashes target and raises almost £16,000


By Hector MacKenzie

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The Brora Rangers Team manager, Steven Mackay ran an ultra marthon of 80 miles in 24hrs to raise money for MFR cash for kids with the support of Craig Campbell and David Hind...Steven Mackay, Craig Campbell and Don Cowie cross the Kessock Bridge...Picture: Callum Mackay..
The Brora Rangers Team manager, Steven Mackay ran an ultra marthon of 80 miles in 24hrs to raise money for MFR cash for kids with the support of Craig Campbell and David Hind...Steven Mackay, Craig Campbell and Don Cowie cross the Kessock Bridge...Picture: Callum Mackay..

A HIGHLAND league manager who channelled his frustration over the cancellation of an event he had trained six months for into an epic fundraising challenge has smashed his target after an epic 80-mile run.

Invergordon-raised Steven Mackay (38),who is player manager of Brora Rangers, was gutted when the Loch Ness 360 race he had pounded out the miles to prepare for was cancelled because of Covid-19.

So instead he set himself the challenge of running from his home in Inverness to Brora Rangers' Dudgeon Park, via Bonar Bridge, within 24 hours for the MFR Cash for Kids charity.

The distance replicated the 80 miles he would have run going around Loch Ness, ensuring the training didn't go to waste while backing a great local cause.

Yesterday he completed the strength-sapping challenge in just over 18 hours, backed by his Brora Rangers management team, Craig Campbell and David Hind.

The effort has pulled in almost £16,000.

Mr Mackay took to his Twitter feed to say: "Still amazed by the generosity of everyone, thank you so much, we are almost at £16,000."

The former Ross County player ground out more than 1000 miles in preparation for the Loch Ness ultra-marathon challenge for charity but eve then declared of his new challenge: "I have no idea if I can do it, but I’ll give it a good shot.”

The furthest he had run prior to that was 40 miles so he admitted to entering "unknown territory".

A socially distanced welcoming party was on hand in Brora at the end of the road yesterday.

Steven Mackay's fundraising page can be seen here.

Related: 'I don't know if I can do it but I'll give it a good shot'


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