200-MILE RUN ALMOST OVER FOR RORY CAMPBELL

Rory Campbell, a Music Therapist for Barchester Healthcare has put the ‘fun into ‘fundraising’ by running 209 miles or 336km over four events to raise money for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.

Rory, who’s from Galashiels on the Scottish Borders, has worked for Barchester for 9 years as a Music Therapist in Ochil Care Home in Perth, Drummond Grange in Care Home in Lasswade, South Grange Care Centre in Dundee, and Archview Lodge Care Home in Dalkeith. A husband and father of 3 boys, Rory is also a passionate runner in his spare time. In effort to put his passion for running towards a good cause, Rory challenged himself to run The John Muir Ultra, The Highland Fling, the Scottish Islands Peaks Race and St. Cuthbert’s Way Ultra all within 3 months with a goal to raise as much as possible for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.

Rory began his charitable running with the John Muir Ultra (50km) on 30th March, which he completed in 4hrs 29secs, coming in 12th overall. The second run Rory participated in was the Highland Fling, where he completed 53 miles in 8 hrs 55 mins, coming in 30th overall and 7th V40 out of 750 runners. A challenging run, Rory climbed a 7500ft ascent in the pouring rain. 

Rory’s third run was the Scottish Islands Peaks Race, which started on the 17th May. This was an epic challenge which involved involving sailing running 63 miles in total, starting on Mull, on to Jura, then Arran and finishing in Troon, non-stop.

The fourth and final run is the St Cuthbert’s Ultra Way Ultra on 29th June. The 62 miles run starts on Holy Island and finishes up in the Scottish Borders town of Melrose.  

Rory’s runs are training for a fifth additional run during an 8-day multi-stage running event in the Alps taking place in September that will take him through four countries.  

Elizabeth Stewart, General Manager at Ochil Care Home said: “Everyone at Ochil was keen to show Rory support on his adventure, especially the residents who enjoyed hearing all about the experience, and we are really proud of Rory to have been able to raise this money.”   

Rory said, “Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is a great cause that helps many people in need, particularly lonely older people, which is a cause very close to the hearts of all our staff and residents, and I feel very honoured to be able to contribute in this way.” 

To donate to Rory’s fundraising page, click here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RoryCampbell5