Rothesay athlete completes epic sponsored run to Glasgow

Calum MacPhail set out on his sponsored run from Wemyss Bay to Glasgow to raise money for a memorial to the late Jim Ross by catching the 8am ferry on Friday. Calum is pictured before boarding the ferry at Rothesay with Jim's widow Margaret.

Calum MacPhail set out on his sponsored run from Wemyss Bay to Glasgow to raise money for a memorial to the late Jim Ross by catching the 8am ferry on Friday. Calum is pictured before boarding the ferry at Rothesay with Jim's widow Margaret.

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A former Rothesay Academy pupil completed a sponsored run from Wemyss Bay to Glasgow on Friday - finishing the 31.2 mile course in almost exactly eight hours.

Calum MacPhail undertook the challenge to raise money for a memorial to Jim Ross, the Rothesay football and fitness coach and mentor to hundreds of Bute’s young people, who died in March at the age of 76.

Calum left Rothesay on the 8am ferry on Friday morning and began his run as soon as he stepped off the ferry at Wemyss Bay, providing regular updates via Twitter and Facebook along the way.

Calum’s route took him via Inverkip, Gourock, Greenock, Port Glasgow, Kilmacolm, Bridge of Weir and Paisley, arriving at Glasgow Central railway station at 4.35pm - where Jim’s widow Margaret, who had seen him off from Rothesay in the morning, was waiting to offer her congratulations.

Before he left Bute on Friday morning, Calum said: “Jim taught me and my brothers how to play football - but he also taught me how to strive to be a better person.

“Also, a year ago tomorrow my dad had a heart attack and Jim helped him back to fitness at his weekly men’s fitness club.

“He was a great member of the community, and he didn’t do any of it for personal gain. He did it because he loved teaching people, and I just wanted to do something to help remember him.”

Earlier this week we reported on plans for a permanent memorial to Jim in the form of two cherry trees and a wall at the football pitch near the town’s Victoria Hospital where he did most of his outdoor coaching.

You can contribute to Calum’s fund-raising efforts via sponsor forms at the Co-operative’s supermarket and convenience store in Rothesay, at Mac’s Bar and at the Original Factory Shop and Superdrug in Montague Street.

You can also find out more, and contact Calum directly, via a Facebook page set up after Jim’s death - To Give Back To Jim Ross What He Gave To Us.