16 Aug

Scottish Runner Enlists The Help Of Olympic Athletes

Mo Farah and Usain Bolt mimic each other's poses on the podium.

An NHS development officer from Moray has managed to enlist the help of Olympic gold medallists Usain Bolt and Mo Farah as he attempts to run 12 half marathons in 2012. Paul Hughes has so far completed seven races, raising almost £1,000 for the Oaks Palliative Day Centre in Elgin, and now he's planning to push for extra funds for the centre which provides specialist care for people with cancer or other progressive illnesses.

Paul explained: "I have sent some 'begging' letters to various sports stars and celebrities asking them to donate an item large or small for a fundraising draw. So far I have had fantastic responses from some generous sports stars. I intend to offer one draw ticket for every pound donated, including people who have already donated, as well as selling draw tickets at £1 each with a draw to take place later in the summer."

Arguably the two biggest stars of the London Games, Usain Bolt and Mo Farah, have sent in signed photographs as has Christine Ohurugu. Other athletes who've helped Paul's cause include 1500m Olympic finalist Lisa Dobriskey who donated a signed Team GB Beijing Olympics 2008 vest, crop top and her 2012 Olympic trials number, and British marathon runner Liz Yelling who also donated a signed Team GB top from Beijing.

Paul's next race is Nairn Highland Games Half Marathon on Saturday (18 August). For full details visit his JustGiving page