Runner's Common Riding challenge raises more than £4,000 in memory of sister

A man from the Borders has set himself the challenge of running in all of the towns where Common Ridings would normally have been held, in memory of his sister who died before the Galashiels festival last year.

Donna Cameron passed away two weeks before the summer ride-outs began, after her family were involved in a car accident.

Her brother, Craig Lowrie, said she was 'full of excitement and pride' after learning that her nephew Robbie was Braw Lad in 2019. But due to the accident, she wasn't able to see him ride through the town.

The 42-year-old runner has already raised more than £4,000 in her memory, via an online fundraising page, by running 10k on the day the main ride-outs should’ve taken place.

Craig says the money he raises will be split between all common riding committees across the Borders and go towards making next year's season bigger and better.

He hopes to raise as much as he can: "It's not just the ride-outs that have been cancelled, all the fundraisers have been cancelled as well so I originally thought we could raise £350 for each festival or £100 for each festival but the way it's going at the moment, that's been blown away.

  • Follow Craig's fundraising efforts here.