Job done for Callum and Finn: 100 miles in 100 days

Callum Murray and Finn Froud with their parents Colin and Tracy and Gary and Marie
Callum Murray and Finn Froud with their parents Colin and Tracy and Gary and Marie

Cousins Callum Murray and Finn Froud have raised £26,000 for kids suffering from cancer after completing 100 miles in 100 days on two continents.

And last Friday night they were joined by hundreds of fellow runners and well-wishers in Wilton Lodge Park to complete the final mile of their mammoth challenge.

And this week, local gym co-owner Greg Dalgleish is calling for a special park mile to be named after the pair to mark their marvellous achievement and to encourage people to get mobile.

Over the past three months, Callum in Hawick and Finn in Doha, Qatar, have ran a mile every day in all weathers and have been joined by friends, family and local clubs and organisations.

Speaking this week, Callum’s mum Tracy told the Hawick News that the response to the fund-raising has been more than anyone ever imagined it would be.

Tracy said: “Since the very first mile I have been overwhelmed at the support Callum has had. It has been fantastic.

“We have had support from all over the Borders and I will never be able to thank everyone enough. It has been fantastic. Folk got right behind both boys and I know they have both had a great time completing the challenge.”

Tracy explained that the past four years had been tough and that during Callum’s six-month intensive chemotherapy treatment, friends, family and townsfolk were very supportive.

Now in remission, Callum has to undergo check-ups every 12 weeks and this will last for ten years.

Tracy joked: “So, hopefully by the time he’s 17 he’ll be able to drive himself up and down to the hospital. The support we have had has been magnificent.”

Speaking of last Friday night’s final mile in Wilton Lodge Park – after which balloons were released in memory of the youngsters who had lost their fight against cancer – Tracy said: “It was unreal. So emotional. I really thought it would be just friends, family and work colleagues who would turn up but I was totally overwhelmed.

“The crowd was huge and everyone has been so good. It was amazing.”

Also commenting, proud papa Bobby Froud said: “It really has been something special. I am very proud of both grandsons and it has been a tremendous effort.”

Local gym co-owner Greg Dalgleish says the council should recognise the pair’s achievement by naming the route used many times during the challenge as ‘The Callum and Finn Mile’.

Speaking this week, Greg said: “I think that would be a very fitting thing to do. It’s been a marvellous effort and it would be good to see people using the mile, not only in recognition of the challenge, but also as a way of getting mobile.”