Reporter ready to tackle marathon challenge for charity

Gavin Gibbon and his niece Sophie. Gavin embarking on 12 marathons in 12 months in 2013
Gavin Gibbon and his niece Sophie. Gavin embarking on 12 marathons in 12 months in 2013

MORE accustomed to writing headlines, Hawick News reporter Gavin Gibbon is looking to make them next year as he prepares to take on an epic challenge.

The 32-year-old is attempting to run 12 marathons in 12 months in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

His marathon effort gets under way on January 20 in Gloucester, with further events pencilled in including Melton Mowbray (February), Limassol (March), Manchester (April) and Edinburgh in May.

And his schedule will be added to as the year progresses.

Gavin said: “I’m no stranger to a challenge. I’ve completed marathons in Belfast and Leicester and last year took on the Three Peaks with fellow Mosstroopers. This is going to be something else completely though.

“I wanted to do something for my little niece Sophie who was born with CF. This seemed like a good way to raise some money and raise the profile of the charity as well as seeing different places and keeping fit.

“It was one of those daft ideas at the start of the year, but the longer things have gone on and the more people I mentioned it to, I’ve said I’ll do it so I’ll be giving it my very best shot.”

Gavin has been lucky enough to be accompanied by a number of running partners as he trains for his tough challenge.

Common-Riding stalwart Bernie Armstrong has agreed to join him in Manchester and more are welcome.

“I’ve found running to be a great social pastime,” said Gavin. “The scenery in and around the town is amazing but it’s often like a counselling session for me with the poor souls I’m running with having to listen to me go on.”

Cystic Fibrosis is one of the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited diseases. It affects over 9,000 youngsters, clogging vital organs with thick sticky mucus. There is presently no cure.

Gavin added: “Sophie is five-years-old and loves going to school at Drumlanrig. She and her twin brother Mackenzie were born premature. He is deaf and suffers from Cerebral Palsy so they really don’t have their troubles to seek.

“It would be great to play a small part in helping to find a cure for CF.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Gavin can go to

Alternatively you can send donations by text. Simply text the code GGMC80 and the amount to 70070.

And you can follow his progress at:

For more information, contact Gavin at

n Gavin would like to thank main sponsors Think Fitness as well as the Border Sport and Leisure Trust and Hendersons Travel.