Simon tackles one of world’s toughest races for Doddie Weir foundation

Date: Friday 14th September 2018

FORMER Eden man Simon Scott-Harden has just completed one of the toughest ultra distance mountain races in the world, the 171km Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc.

The 43-year-old university lecturer was raising money for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, which was set up by former Lions and Scotland rugby star Doddie Weir, who played at number five, to raise funds for research into motor neurone disease with which he was diagnosed last year.

The gruelling race, known as UTMB, is 170km long, with 10,000 metres of ascent, taking the 2,600 competitors from the start in Chamonix, France, over the Alps around Mont Blanc through Italy, Switzerland and back to Chamonix two days later.

Full story in tomorrow's paper.