Russell Run attracts 27 participants

An inaugural run to help raised funds for charity attracted 27 runners when it was held at The Burn, Edzell, on July.

The run, known as the ‘Russell Run’, was organised by The Burn in memory of James Russell, an infantry officer who died aged 21 outside of Florence in 1944.

The money raised by the runners went towards The Burn, which is part of Goodenough College in London and is used as an academic and study retreat.

Runners took part in a five kilometre route, which started and ended at The Burn’s main entrance. The route is entirely on, and within The Burn grounds obviating any need to use public roads, and goes through woods, over fields, along The Esk and the Blue Door Walk.

A spokesperson for the event said: “Launched by Bev Penny, one of The Burn’s chefs, the first Russell Run attracted a field of 27 runners - American Marshall scholars, Jack Malcolm (aged 10), a dachshund, locals, Burn Staff and Murdo - the Burn barman wearing a weighted flak jacket (14 kgs) so as to attract additional donations and look like Kevin Bacon!”

The run is set to become an annual fundraising event, with the second Russell Run scheduled to take place on July 24, 2016.