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Highland League legends' 24-hour run this weekend in support of Martin Johnston's fundraising for My Name'5 Doddie Foundation Motor Neurone Disease charity smashes £5000 target


By Craig Christie

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A 24-hour running challenge inspired by former Elgin City striker Martin Johnston’s battle with motor neurone disease (MND) has smashed its £5000 charity target.

Martin Johnston (centre) in action for Cove Rangers against Buckie Thistle in 2012.
Martin Johnston (centre) in action for Cove Rangers against Buckie Thistle in 2012.

Former and current Highland League footballers will run as far as they can for an hour to raise money for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

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The charity was started by Scotland rugby legend Doddie Weir, who has MND, and has been backed by Johnston since his own diagnosis of the neuro-degenerative disorder last year.

Johnston’s former Cove Rangers team-mate Keith Robertson organised this weekend’s charity run, recruiting 24 well-known names from north football to begin the challenge at noon on Saturday.

Already the fundraising total has surpassed £7000, and could be close to double the fundraising target by the time of the 24-hour running.

Forres Mechanics' Stuart Soane (left) is one of the Highland League runners raising funds for My Name'5 Doddie Foundation
Forres Mechanics' Stuart Soane (left) is one of the Highland League runners raising funds for My Name'5 Doddie Foundation

Former Elgin, Forres and Buckie defenders Michael Morrison and Graeme Grant have signed up for the event along with ex-Forres team-mate Scott Moore and current Cans captain Stuart Soane.


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