Ultra determined Paul raises more than £3500 for St Margaret of Scotland Hospice

In the early weeks of the year, when most of us were already losing sight of the resolutions we’d made, Paul Tallett was taking the first steps on an incredible journey to support the Hospice.

Fast forward 10 months and he has crossed the finish line – and the Hospice has benefited to the tune of more than £3500.

Paul, from Cartland near Lanark, ran the Glen Ogle Ultra Marathon this month after training for five to six days per week throughout the year and sticking to a rigid nutrition program, which denied him treats and alcohol for the bulk of that time.

It’s hard to describe how difficult it is to run non-stop for 33 miles. Marathon runners often describe ‘hitting the wall’ at 18-20 miles – just imagine reaching that dreaded stage and still having a half marathon or more left to go.

Paul, who decided to raise funds for the Hospice in support of his grandad James Rooney, told us what drove him on during the six-hour slog on race day.

The 39-year-old said: “I know it sounds a bit cheesy but I was thinking of all the hard work the staff at the Hospice do every day and my six hours paled into insignificance.

“I was confident in my training – all the Friday night hill sprints and early morning rises worked their magic.

“It went surprisingly well. The wind and rain added an extra dimension. The hardest part was supposed to be the easiest part – the last 6km downhill – but my legs were sore by then.”

The pain he endured in the closing stages hasn’t discouraged Paul, who owns industrial clothing company Workwear and PPE Supplies, from taking on similar challenges.

He had wanted to take part in the Glen Ogle run – which takes place in the hills of Perthshire – for several years and has signed up for three ultra marathons next year.

Paul says overcoming the difficulties he encountered was one of the highlights of the experience.

He explained: “The best thing about the event was pushing myself beyond what I thought was physically possible.

“I’ve injured ligaments in my foot and picked up a bad cold since the event, which is expected considering how hard I pushed my body. But it is worth it to raise the amount I have for the Hospice.

“I am still gathering in final donations but I expect to raise over £3500. I am over the moon to have raised that amount.

“The Hospice kindly looked after my Grandad in his final days. I was a regular visitor and appreciate the way the staff looked after my Grandad. Their selflessness and care is greatly appreciated by myself and my family.”

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