Kindness spurring on coast runner

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A man running the entire British coastline in memory of his sister has praised the support of Scottish folk he has met along the way.

Wayne Russell (34) will be passing through our area this weekend, some 4000 miles into his epic endurance charity challenge in memory of his sister, Carmel, who sadly passed away in 2013 due to a rare heart condition.

In September last year Wayne started out from Greenwich, London, to run the British coastline, more than 5000 miles, for The Superhero Foundation.

Each day he runs around 20 miles and expects to be in Arbroath on Friday and Saturday, and then pass on down the coast through Carnoustie, Monifieth and so on as he reels in the final 1000 miles of British coast.

Speaking from Stonehaven on Tuesday Wayne explained that the Scottish leg of his trip had been challenging, but made easier by the kindness of strangers.

He said: “It’s up and down. One minute I feel on top of the world and the next I’m struggling. Each day is completely different.

“The Highlands were tough, it was amazing, but it was rain and snow and hail but the last couple of days have been brilliant.

“Physically my legs are sore and my knees are hurting and my ankle is giving me a bit of gyp.

“Scotland is so beautiful and there are so many kind people, it’s been a brilliant distraction for me.

“We have a saying down South, the further North you go, the kinder the people are, and it’s true.”

During the English and Welsh stretches Wayne had slept in a tent, but thanks to Scottish Fire and Rescue he has a bed each night in one of their many stations.

He said: “It makes such a difference, it really does.

“I don’t really see that many people because I stick to the coast, it’s just firemen and they share my story on Facebook. I looked online and the donations are just going up and up.

“They’ve gone the extra mile. Everything I’ve wanted, actually, even without asking, they are so thoughtful.”

Originally from Gloucester, Wayne has lived in London for the last 17 years working in IT on digital inclusion projects to help people with learning difficulties benefit from technology.

To sponsor Wayne visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/waynerussell.

Track Wayne on his epic journey on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mrwaynerussell).