Emma Cummings and Katie Noble spent the last week running between 5 and 7km a day, before running the 13.48km Peebles to Walkerburn run on Sunday – which they completed in just over two hours.
The couple took inspiration from the late Doddie Weir and Kevin Sinfield.
And they have raised over £1,000 for the MND Society – more than five times their original target of £200.
On Sunday, despite the jitters and apprehensions of making their longest run at the Ultra 7 in 7 Challenge, Emma and Katie were happy to make it to the finish line where they met their loved ones and took home the 7 by 7 Challenge medals.
“The people who were at the finish line made it amazing for us,” said Emma. “My mom and her partner were there, Katie’s partner was there, and friends from work were there. It was really cool.”
Before Sunday, neither of them had seen their medals as Emma’s mother was looking after them before the final round.
Along their way on Sunday their loved ones Emma and Katie met up at the rehydration station in Cardrona and were met again with friendly faces as they reached the finish line.
Completing the challenge “was amazing,” said Emma.
She added, “It all came together. The medal is beautiful.
“Katie was great at running with only a confidence boost.
“I was wiggling a little bit in the day just because the waiting and anxiety set in.
But she said, ‘No, we have this, it’s just another race we can do.'”
“And she was right, once we started running, I don’t know why he wobbled because it felt so good to meet her Cardrona partner and stop taking fluids right there.
“And then when we got to Traquair Road, which was the end of the bike path at Innerleithen, my mother, my mother-in-law, my wife, my sister, my nephew and her partner were all waiting for us with banners – and water and chocolate.”
As part of the challenge, Katie and Emma each ran 37.57 km.
In Walkerburn, Emma and Katie also run into fellow MND fundraisers Souters for Bikes.
Emma said, “Hmm [Cycling Souters] They saw us cross the finish line and they weren’t sure what we were doing because my mom was giving us our medals.
Katie and I explained our story and what we were doing.
“And they were collecting money for Doddie.”
One of Emma’s goals was to complete this challenge before her 30th birthday, which she celebrated yesterday (Thursday).
She said, “It feels great. The fact that I did it, and did it before I turned 30.”
“And I didn’t bring myself down by saying I couldn’t do it. I’m still on air.”
At the time of publication, Katie and Emma have raised £1,105 for the MND Society, with cash donations set to add to this total.
To donate to Emma and Katy’s fundraiser, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emz-cummings
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