West Lothian man aiming to become youngest to run North Coast 500 for charity

A West Lothian man is aiming to become only the fourth person to run the picturesque but gruelling North Coast 500 (NC500) route for charity.

Jay Doig will also be the youngest person to undertake an extraordinary challenge to support two crucial charities; Barnardo’s and SAMH.

Over the course of approximately 10 days, Jay, from Whitburn, who turns 23 on the day he sets off, will cover over 500 miles, averaging between 50 to 70 miles per day through a combination of running and walking.

The NC500, renowned for its stunning landscapes and challenging terrain of the North Highlands, presents a formidable test of endurance.

Jay’s determination to conquer this route not only showcases his personal resilience but also serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the community.

He starts the gruelling endeavour this Thursday and aims to complete the route in under 10 days, which means covering around 50 to 70 miles a day.

Jay said: “I’ve always felt the need to push myself, both mentally and physically, beyond the ordinary. While many races in Scotland are over and done with in a day, I wanted a challenge that was more enduring, something that hopefully resonates with people.

“The NC500 seemed like the perfect fit. It’s a route that many people drive, and I wanted to show that even on foot, it’s an experience worth undertaking. I was torn between the Scottish National Trail and the NC500, but ultimately, I chose the latter because of its accessibility and the opportunity it provides to experience some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes at a slower pace.

“If my attempt at this challenge can inspire just one person to step out of their comfort zone and push their own boundaries, then I’ll consider it a successful journey.”

Jay added: “I chose to support Barnardo’s and SAMH during my NC500 run because both charities address issues that are close to my heart. Barnardo’s work with vulnerable children and young people across the UK, providing them with essential services and support to help them thrive. SAMH is dedicated to providing support and resources for mental health in Scotland, which is an issue that affects so many people. By supporting these charities, I hope to make a positive impact and raise awareness for these important causes during my NC500 journey.”

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