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Dornoch man goes the extra mile at Moray Ways ultramarathon

By John Davidson

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Alexander Richardson during the Moray Ways 100 Ultra. Picture: MeeShee Cumming Photography
Alexander Richardson during the Moray Ways 100 Ultra. Picture: MeeShee Cumming Photography

Dornoch ultra runner Alexander Richardson has gone the extra mile to help out his local community – literally!

Dander, as he is known, finished second in the Moray Ways 100 Ultra, a 100-mile ultra-marathon that follows the Speyside Way, Moray Coast Trail and Dava Way.

Not content with just doing the 100 miles, Dander (33) managed to do an extra mile in his bid to complete the challenge.

He said: “I love running and I love challenging myself while doing it, and this race was the perfect opportunity to do just that, though it was tough and I’m still recovering… slowly.

"But for me the real pleasure came from exploring the three great trails, all in the one day.

"I gave it my all, though I did take ‘going the extra mile’ a bit too literally, running down the wrong track at one point and having to retrace my steps. Strava says that I actually ran over 101 miles!"

The race took Dander, a greenkeeper at Royal Dornoch and a retained firefighter in the Dornoch Fire Service, just over 19 hours.

He was raising money for local parties hosted each Christmas by the Dornoch Fire Service. Donations can still be made here.

Dander added: “I was running for a local cause – to raise money for the Dornoch Fire Station’s Children’s Christmas Parties, which have been a fixture for over 30 years now. I enjoyed them greatly as a child, and in these difficult times it’s important to ensure that all children are looked after at Christmas. All of us in the Dornoch Fire Station do what we can to raise funds."

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