Falkirk runner sets 24 miles in 24 hours challenge for charity fundraiser

15-year old Caitlyn Christie has pledged to run 24 miles in 24 hours around her home town of Falkirk over the weekend of April 11 and 12, to raise funds for Sporting Minds UK.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 12:36 pm
Caitlyn Christie

Christie, a competitive runner at Falkirk Victoria harriers, races distances from 800m to 5k and cross country.

Caitlyn has been involved in fundraising events in the past, but never anything like this and believes it will be a hard challenge but a huge achievement.

The St Mungo's High School pupil said: "Seeing the numbers of lives that have been shattered due to Coronavirus, and seeing the mental health of so many young people affected, I knew I wanted to do something to help.

"Sporting Minds UK is a charity that not only helps young people, but helps young people like me who are so passionate about sport.

“I am taking part in my fundraising challenge for Sporting Minds UK over the second weekend in April, aiming to raise at least £200."

Sporting Minds UK is a nationwide charity that provides mental health support for young sportspeople.

Callum Lea, Founder of Sporting Minds UK said: "What Caitlyn is doing for us is just fantastic and very much welcomed - her fundraising will go a long way to help us to help others.

“In our first year we have supported 500 young athletes, and Caitlyn's fundraising will go a long way to help us to help others."

Donations to Caitlyn's fundraising campaign an be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/caitlyn-christie.