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North juniors Deveronside are next up for the 24-hour charity running challenge in aid of Brighter Horizons


By Craig Christie

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DEVERONSIDE are the latest football club to grab the virtual baton and take on a 24-hour running challenge for charity.

Player manager John McLeay (left) and Nathan Ross are two of the Deveronside players running for charity. Photo: Daniel Forsyth.
Player manager John McLeay (left) and Nathan Ross are two of the Deveronside players running for charity. Photo: Daniel Forsyth.

The north junior Superleague side were nominated by amateur side Rothie Rovers to take on the gruelling day-long road running effort first started by Highland League Inverurie Locos.

Clubs have to nominate at least 24 willing members to run for an hour in their own home towns or communities and clock up as many miles as possible.

Deveronside’s full squad have been put forward, and are running from this Friday evening to raise money for a local good cause.

“We have set ourselves the goal of raising £500 for local charity, Brighter Horizons,” said a club spokesperson.

“Throughout lockdown due to Covid-19, they have been preparing and delivery meals to vulnerable folk in the local community.”

Make a donation to Deveronside's challenge here.

Deveronside have already smashed their target with £585 raised by Monday.

Their challenge begins at 5pm on Friday when manager Mikey Duncan runs the first leg, then passes on to player Craig Sutherland.

Throughout the night, the racing continues with player manager John McLeay taking on the 2am leg, quickly followed by his brother James who now serves on the Myrus club’s committee.

Sunny McGrath will run for the Deveronside charity effort
Sunny McGrath will run for the Deveronside charity effort

’Side do have a secret weapon in their ranks, and they have recruited Banffshire’s top middle distance runner Sunny McGrath, from Sandend, to run the fifth-from-last leg at noon on Saturday.

Running order:

Friday June 26: 5pm Mikey Duncan; 6pm Craig Sutherland; 7pm Nathan Smith; 8pm Jamie McKinnon; 9pm Damian Wojcik; 10pm Shaun Sopel; 11pm Joel Watt.

Saturday June 26: 12am Jordan Russell; 1am Philip Watt; 2am John McLeay; 3am James McLeay; 4am Mikey Ironside; 5am Ross Thomson; 6am Mike Legge; 7am Ritchie Gibb; 8am Ray Forbes; 9am Sam Walker; 10am Sam Cummings; 11am Rory Davidson; 12pm Sunny McGrath; 1pm Jack Trail; 2pm Nathan Ross; 3pm Leighton Duncan; 4pm Ernie Milne.


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