DODDIE Weir’s story has touched the rugby world.
He played his club rugby in southern Scotland and earned 61 caps playing for Scotland.
Many of us grew up watching him play. But now he is taking on his biggest battle yet . . against the disease MND. Since being diagnosed, he has raised £7m.
It is for that reason that 25 Langholmites have taken to the paths and hills around Langholm to cover as many miles as possible to raise awareness and funds for this great cause.
Doddie AID was launched on January 1 and each district of Scotland, plus the exiles, battle it out to walk, run, bike or ride the most miles.
So far, Team South are in second place behind a strong North & Midlands team.
In the first week the Muckletooners covered nearly 1,000 miles between them and raised more than £1,000. The total is now £1,210. An amazing achievement, considering the slippery underfoot conditions.
The team have mixed reasons for doing the walk. Unfortunately, some members have seen first-hand the effects of MND on friends and family.
But they’ve also seen the support MND charities have given their loved ones through the difficult time.
For several they just grew up watching Doddie play rugby for Scotland and are inspired by his ongoing battle with the disease.
The challenge runs until February 6 and the kick-off of the Calcutta cup.
If anyone would like to sponsor the group, go to their JustGiving site or hand in money to any of the participants.