RESILIENT runners James Begg and Katherine Kerr have raised over £4000 for RSABI after tackling the challenging Loch Ness Marathon earlier this month.

James Begg, an agricultural consultant and land agent from Aberdeenshire, chose to participate in the marathon after being inspired by a friend who said, "If you think you have a marathon in you, just try one".

Having enjoyed long distance running throughout his childhood and integrating it into his daily routine James, who is a partner at Allathan Associates, felt that the marathon would be a great way to challenge himself while raising money for RSABI.

Katherine Kerr, a chartered rural surveyor based in Dumfriesshire, also participated in her first marathon to show her support for the Scottish agricultural charity.

“The route was tough and undulating but the scenery, the bagpipes at the start, and the cup of Baxter’s soup at the finish made it really special,” she said.

Head of fundraising for RSABI, Pauline Macmillan, said "We’re very grateful to Katherine and James for taking on the Loch Ness Marathon and inspiring us all about the importance of fitness to physical and mental health.

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“We’re also very grateful to them for their fundraising efforts and for kindly raising such a brilliant total to support RSABI’s work. Our thanks also go to everyone who supported them with their training and donated to their fundraisers too.

“If you are interested in participating in a marathon or another challenge event on behalf of RSABI, please don't hesitate to contact us at We will be with you every step of the way, providing all the support you need.”

RSABI offers free practical, financial, and emotional support including counselling services, delivered quickly after receiving the initial enquiry. Its free, confidential support service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, by calling 0808 1234 555 or through a confidential webchat service, available on RSABI’s website