Carer Claire dices with the Devil on 43 mile foot race

Claire at the race
Claire at the race

A befriender for an elderly Deeside woman has strapped has put herself through a devil of a challenge for charity, raising over £1,000 for her cause.

Runners from across the world gathered recently in the Scottish Highlands to take part in a footrace with a vengeance: The Devil O’ the Highlands.

Claire MacAskill, was one of those who her signed her soul to raise money for Kincardine and Deeside Befriending charity by taking part in the gruelling 43 mile footrace.

With a total ascent of around 6000ft, the race started in Tyndrum and finished up in Fort William on August 3.

This was not a race for the feint hearted as hardy Claire soon found out.

The Devil O’ the Highlands has been rated as one of the top 10 ultra distance races in Britain by Runner’s World magazine.

Runners have hailed from some 15 countries - eager to push their limits in the pouring Scottish rain.

Battling against persistent horizontal rain, while most of Scotland was basking in sunshine, Claire completed this ultra marathon in 8 hours and 42 minutes. After the race Claire said: “I thought 10 hours was a sensible goal, who was I to know that I would be flying that day! I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored me. Your generosity has been incredible and K&D Befriending will certainly be able to put it to good use.”

She added of her befriending experience: “Having been matched with my befriendee formore than eight months now I can see the huge benefits our charity plays in the lives of older isolated and lonely people in our locality.”