GALASHIELS man Craig Lowrie says it was “really special” to be cheered through his hometown during a fundraising run.

Mr Lowrie clocked up 10km on Saturday (June 27) as he ticked off another common riding town on what would have been Braw Lads’ Day.

The 42-year-old has now received donations of more than £4,000, with money going to Borders festivals and the children’s ward of the Borders General Hospital (BGH).

"It was really special," said Mr Lowrie, of Selkirk, following Saturday’s effort.

"There were always three or four runs which I was going to be emotionally attached to – Galashiels, Selkirk, Innerleithen, and Peebles."

Mr Lowrie is running in memory of his late sister Donna Cameron, who lived in Innerleithen. She died last year just two weeks before Mr Lowrie’s son Robbie performed the role of Braw Lad.

On Saturday, socially distanced crowds gathered on the streets to encourage Mr Lowrie, who wants to visit around a dozen towns in total.

"I don't think I had a mile without seeing people," Mr Lowrie said, adding that he is always grateful for the support.

“As long they're adhering to the guidelines it's fine,” he said.

Mr Lowrie's fundraiser has raised more than four times his initial target, with donations totalling £,4,530 by Monday evening.

Mr Lowrie said he has been “blown away” by the kind donations and messages.

He added: "After Gala I sat for two hours reading comments.

"I originally thought we could reach £1,400, which is £100 for each common riding. It's been crazy."

Mr Lowrie can now enjoy a short break while he waits for Jethart Callant’s Festival on July 10.

To donate to his fundraiser, you can visit this website.