Vale 24 Hour Charity Run Exceeds Expectations

Updated: Jun 7, 2020

Deveronvale’s players and management completed their 24-Hour Run Challenge at midday today in much more pleasant weather conditions than the runners who took part yesterday experienced. They talk about “games of two halves” and that was certainly the experience of those who took part when it came to the weather conditions they faced.

This was the latest in a series of events that have been held to raise money for local charities, with a couple of “Zoom” quiz evenings having been held during May as well as a football sweep. In total the guys have raised in the region of £5,000 and have made a donation to Home Start Deveron, as well as providing aid bags for distribution to deserving families and individuals in the area. The 24-Hour Run has raised £3,950 (so far) and this sum will be shared equally between Friends of Chalmers Hospital, Banff and Whitehills Community Hub.

Everyone played their part in the 24-Hour Run and many of the participants stayed up much of the night to offer those who drew the less sociable “hours” their support and encouragement. Updates continued via Facebook over the 24 hours to keep everyone up to date and there many encouraging comments and wishes from friends and supporters. The final distances recorded for the event were as shown. Some excellent performances with “pre-race favourite” Ross Aitken clocking up a very impressive 14.42 kms, despite the conditions.

Manager Steve Dolan said: “we were very keen to do something in support of the local community, giving a little bit back in appreciation for the support that continues to be given to Deveronvale, its management team and the players. We have a great set of fans and they have given generously to help us support two local charities which have provided valuable assistance to our community during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Donations came from many quarters and it was nice to see some of our former players also come forward to support the current team. We’d sincerely like to thank everyone for their much appreciated and valued support.”

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