Scottish fundraiser for SSAFA- kilts and all!
On the 13th of August 2016, Brian ‘Spats’ Baxter plans to run the Kilt run and the Touch of Tartan half marathon in Perth, Scotland, covering over 25Km- and all in a kilt! He hopes to raise a total of £2,000 to donate to SSAFA.
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As the name suggests the race comes with a Scottish twist, a kilt must be worn throughout the marathon, although only a “touch of tartan”, such as a plaid ribbon needs to be worn for the half marathon. The event has a historical meaning but is also a fun day out with entertainment which drew a crowd of 13,000 spectators last year. It is also a fun and rewarding way for many runners to raise money for charities, or set a personal challenge.
As the main fundraiser at his local Perth and Kinross branch of SSAFA, Brian Baxter will be running both the 5K and the Half Marathon for the second year in a row. He met and exceeded his goal of raising £1,000 so this year he has doubled his goal, which goes towards helping SSAFA aid more members of the Forces. The Perth and Kinross Branch is responsible for any member of the armed forces who needs support whether they are a Reservist, veteran, or the dependent of a serviceman or servicewoman, living in the local area.
The first ever Perth Kilt run took place in June 2012, inspired by a similar marathon hosted by its twin town, Perth, Ontario in Canada. The run is held as a tribute to a historical event, the granting of the Royal Burgh Charter by King William, to Perth, Scotland 800 years ago. Since then support has enabled the event to take place every year. Perth runners eventually wish to set the world record for the worlds largest kilt race, which currently stands at 1,764 participants.
Runners ranging from professional marathon runners to fun runners, from all over Scotland are called to take part in the races, enjoy the entertainment and maybe even fundraise for a good cause, like Brian.
If you wish to donate to Brian’s cause you can visit his Just Giving page.