Running from John O'Groats to Lands End

Posted by William 02/05/2018 0 Comment(s)

Leeann is a coach at Border's running club Chirnside Chasers and was recently awarded Scottish Athletics Children's Coach of the Year in 2016 as well as Berwickshire Coach of the Year.

She is a keen endurance runner, completing many 1/2s and marthons.

This year she faces her toughest challenge to date, running from John O'Groats to Lands End! 

Find out more below: 

So after a pretty tough March in the Scottish Borders with lots of snow, where we event had to cancel our clubs cross country due to the extreme weather, it was great to get in to April and finally get better conditions for running - well anything is better than running in feet of snow! 


I started the month with the Kilomathon race in Edinburgh. For me it was finally a chance to get out and enjoy a race! This was after a number of weeks of training prior to this which I found quite difficult due to the weather at the time. The race started at Ocean Terminal before heading west and finishing within the home of Scottish Rugby at Murrayfield Stadium. 

Although not the longest race I have ever ran I still used Active Root as part of my race hydration and fuelling plan. And with having a slightly dodgy tummy at times I find it perfect for my running. It was excellent to finish within an iconic place such as Murrayfield. 

It was particularly special for me that the club that I am a lead coach at, Chirnside Chasers, had a large number of people taking part. It is always great as a coach to see runners you have helped running their first ever race. You feel like a proud mummy when you see them cross the line at the end and it's quite emotional when they are in tears of happiness with what they have just achieved. 

Then later in the month I headed down to London where my husband was running the Virgin London Marathon. First stop was the Expo at the Excel centre where I popped along and met George at the Active Root stand, who looked very busy with a number of people wanting to try Active Root. As a runner I always find the Expo a special place, where there is so many exciting running things going on, new kit and interesting runs to consider. In addition is the buzz of excitement with the run only days away. 

Then the race on Sunday was baking hot and not the weather that most runners had prepared for! I had huge admiration and kudos to everyone which included four Chirnside Chasers runners! Last weekend I travelled to Stirling to do the Scottish 1/2 marathon with a number of other Chasers! I was chuffed to run a 3min PB :)

All this is leading towards the biggest challenge of my life where in 10 weeks time in July, I along, with a few others from the club are running from John O'Groats to Lands End. This is over 900miles which we plan to cover in 12 days. It's a fantastic challenge that involves a small group of crazy people who have taken two weeks holiday in order to raise money for our two chosen charities British Hear Foundation and Bliss. 

What makes it even more special is the majority of the team are women and we also have a small number of older children who are also completing the 12 day challenge. After previous running challenges I have been involved in including running non-stop for both 24hours and then 48hrs as a group we wanted to do the ultimate UK running challenge, which was running the whole length of the country. For some of the team members, some of whom have only been running for just over a year, this challenge is a significant step up in distance. 

We started planning and fundraising well over a year ago and chose The British Heart Foundation Scotland and BLISS who both do incredible work. The team aims to cover around 80miles per day with a route that takes in Tain, Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Carlisle, Penrith, Preston, Monmouth, Bristol, Tavistock, Exeter and Truro. 


If you would like to support my Leeann's challenge then visit the just giving page at: or you can text Ends18 to 70070. 

And if anyone would like to come along and join us for a run then that would be fantastic! For more details visit their facebook page 'Chirnside Chasers End to End Run'.