Big run is a real watershed for Elspeth

Falkirk runner Elspeth Luke is taking on the Watershed challenge
Falkirk runner Elspeth Luke is taking on the Watershed challenge
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A Falkirk woman is attempting to be the first female – and just the second person – to complete the 34 day, 680 mile Scottish Watershed challenge.

Elspeth Luke (33), along with friend Stuart McFarlane, is looking to run from Peel Fell in the Scottish Borders to Duncansby Head in the far north east, averaging an astounding 20 miles per day, overcoming 44 Munros and countless bogs in the process.

The former Dollar Academy pupil said: “Only one person has covered the route before. We’re currently nine days and 170 miles into it and the hard going is just about to start with the Munros coming up.”

Elspeth is using her historic run to raise money for Funding Neuro, a charity which pays for research into neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s Disease.

“My dad has Parkinsons, so that’s been a big motivation for me,” said Elspeth, who is scheduled to complete the run on August 15.

Visit www.watershed.com or www.justgiving.com/watershed-scotland for more information.