From borders to Bobtown for Cancer Research

A non-stop relay from the Scottish borders back to Roberttown will raise cash to help people with cancer.

Friday, 10th June 2016, 7:00 am
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 1:27 pm
Members of Roberttown Road Runners.

Members of Roberttown Roadrunners will attempt to cover the 150-miles journey home from Gretna Green in 24 hours in aid of Cancer Research UK.

They will start the run from the Scottish village , which is famous for hosting runaway weddings, at 11am on Saturday, June 18, aiming to get back to Roberttown at the same time on Sunday.

The Borders to Bobtown relay will take runners from Scotland back into Yorkshire via Penrith in Cumbria over two days, accompanied by a bus.

Club members at a training event.

Club member Mark Whitaker said: “It’s a relay and it’s 150 miles.

“It’s non-stop thorough the night.

“Each participant will run about 26 miles, the equivalent of a marathon.

“At the last count we had about 35 people doing it and there are going to be four drivers.”

Club members at a training event.

Members of the club, based at Roberttown Community Centre, on Church Road, Liversedge, will do their marathon-long sections of the run three miles at a time on June 18 and 19.

Mr Whitaker said: “This is absolutely brand new to us.”

The club has set up a fundraising internet page to collect sponsorship money.

A target of £1,000 has been set.

To sponsor the challenge log on to

Roberttown Road Runners was set up in 1992 and holds events including the Liversedge Half Marathon.

The club meets on Wednesdays from 6.15pm at the community centre. To find out more about Roberttown Road Runners, log on to