Published: 17/08/2012 11:00 - Updated: 17/08/2012 10:54

Postie bids to bag four marathons in four days

Graeme Geddes (left) and his son Ewan have a dress rehearsal for Graeme’s bid to run four marathons in four days along the far north coast.
Graeme Geddes (left) and his son Ewan have a dress rehearsal for Graeme’s bid to run four marathons in four days along the far north coast.

A CASTLETOWN mailman is expected to get the stamp of approval when he drops the post for the coast in an audacious charity bid this weekend.

Graeme Geddes (43) is swapping his usual beat round the village’s postboxes to run the north coast of Scotland – 105 miles from Cape Wrath to Duncansby Head.

The postie, who previously climbed 24 Munros in the summer of 2009 and finished the Great North Run in 2011, is planning to leave Cape Wrath on Sunday and hopes to complete just over a marathon (26.2 miles) a day.

He is scheduled to arrive at the scenic Duncansby Head on Wednesday and will be raising money for the far north branches of Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, and Chest, Heart & Stroke charities along the way.

“My wife Sheila got diagnosed with MS just over a year ago so I did the Great North Run to raise money for the cause last year,” he said.

“As there is a history of diabetes and heart problems on my wife’s side, I just thought I would now try and support all three and keep the money in the far north.”

Putting the fun in fundraising, the fit 43-year-old will be starting his journey in a blue afro and a lightweight kilt and will have a fellow member of Thurso Pipe Band on hand to pipe him off.

In the event that the ferry operator at Cape Wrath has a long lie on Sunday, Graeme plans to start his epic feat of endurance from Kinlochbervie.

The postie of 23 years picked up an injury a couple of weeks ago which he has been struggling to shake off – but with a change of route round Thurso this week he was hoping to walk it off before the weekend challenge begins.

Graeme will have two support cars on the road with him throughout the run with collection buckets and there are also sponsor sheets in the Picture Box gift shop in Thurso and in various businesses in Castletown.

Graeme’s son Ewan (23) is also going to run part of the challenge alongside him and any keen runners are welcome to join in.

“If anybody fancies a run on any of the four days just give me a ring,” he said.

“They can do half a dozen miles or three or whatever they like.”

Graeme can be reached on his mobile from Sunday to Wednesday on 07738 060462.

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