North-east superdad’s ultra-marathon run raises £1.8k for Charlie House

Paul Maclagan
Paul Maclagan

A north-east dad raised £1,800 for charity by taking part in a gruelling ultra-marathon.

Paul Maclagan, 39, covered 51 miles for children’s charity Charlie House in a new race called the D99.

The ultra-marathon was created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the D33 race which sees runners take on the 33-mile course from Duthie Park to Banchory and back.

Paul was unable to complete the whole 99 miles but after hurting his knees at the 20-mile mark, he continued to run just over 50 miles.

The general manager at Old School House in Aberdeen attempted the scenic, low-land route through the Deeside Way and Scolty Hill.

Paul, who also hosts regular charity quiz nights at Old School House, is inspired in his fundraising efforts by his four-year-old son, Murray, who was born with complex disabilities and receives much-needed support from the charity and their services team.

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Paul said it supports his whole family including his wife Lorraine, 35, and one-year-old Carter.

He said: “I wasn’t able to finish the D99, which I was a bit gutted about.

“I felt good when I was doing it but I hurt my knees on Scolty Hill which was after around 20 miles.

“I struggled from that point and I had done a fair amount of training to be able to do it but had to give up.”

Paul added: “It was fantastic to raise the money for Charlie House because they are a big part of our lives and they are a great cause to be raising for.

“The big thing for us is the charity allows Murray to do things that he wouldn’t normally be allowed to do. Things like ice-skating and he’s been on a zip-wire too.”

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It will include eight children’s bedrooms with family accommodation, as well as other facilities.