Fifer’s 30-mile run raises funds for Beirut

An Anstruther student who only started running four months ago has completed his first ultramarathon, raising funds for the British Red Cross.
Jacob ran from Lundin Links to St Andrews. Pic: Andrew Metcalfe.Jacob ran from Lundin Links to St Andrews. Pic: Andrew Metcalfe.
Jacob ran from Lundin Links to St Andrews. Pic: Andrew Metcalfe.

Jacob Portchmouth ran the 30 miles from Lundin Links, through the East Neuk and along up to St Andrews last week – the first time he had done anything more than a half-marathon.

“It was really good,” said Jacob. “It was quite challenging towards the end. I think the straights of road between the towns were the hardest parts, especially between Kingsbarns and St Andrews, because it was all uphill and I was running alone.

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“When I got to St Andrews I got a second wind. West Sands was challenging because it never seemed to end. The sand was not good to run on, but it was a nice place to finish.”

Jacob was shocked after seeing the scenes from Beirut, Lebanon, last month when an explosion devastated the city. He wanted to raise funds to support the relief effort – and through his run he managed to collect more than £1240, at the time of writing.

Jacob had only taken up running a few months ago with the aim of taking on a half-ironman, but, explaining, the reason for the run, said: “I could not imagine losing my home in the middle of this pandemic. If I could do anything to help, it was a good use of time during lockdown.”

Having completed his first fundraising challenge, Jacob is now looking at other events in the future.

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He thanked those who had supported him during his run and made donations, saying: “We raised a fantastic amount and people have been so generous. Thank you to everyone that helped me along the way and made a donation.”

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