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    Merchiston is pleased to be supporting an amazing challenge being undertaken by a former pupil.

    30 years ago this summer, former West of Scotland, Glasgow and Scotland Under 21 player and Merchistonian (1988-95), Dr David Millar suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI) whilst playing rugby for a season in New Zealand.

    To mark the anniversary he is fundraising for Spinal Research – a charity dedicated to finding treatments that can prevent or reverse the paralysis caused by SCI.

    David will be handcycling 300 miles from Newcastle to Loch Lomond, kayaking for 30 miles on Loch Lomond and, amazingly, walking 3 miles using a specially constructed harness and treadmill.

    David and his team set-off from the school grounds on Wednesday, cycling 60 miles to Glasgow, accompanied by a number of Merchiston staff and pupils.

    David is looking forward to the Challenge and is grateful for the support of the clubs en route; Falcons, Alnwick, Melrose, Merchiston and Glasgow Warriors:

    ‘It’s amazing to see how rugby gets behind one of its own. I enjoyed my rugby and am still a keen fan and so love connecting with clubs, players and supporters.

    Spinal injuries are extremely rare in rugby but they do happen and we really appreciate your support in trying to find the breakthrough treatments that can offer hope to those injured. This Challenge means a lot to me and I’m determined to raise as much money as I can to help.’

    In 2010 David handcycled down New Zealand’s South Island in aid of spinal research in his ‘Mighty Push’.

    The Mighty 333 Challenge

    300 mile handcycle (Newcastle to Edinburgh to Striling to Glasgow to Loch Lomond) setting off from Newcastle on Saturday 13 July.

    30 mile kayak on Loch Lomond on Thursday 18 July.

    3 mile treadmill walk on Saturday 6 July.


    Merchiston Development Director, David Rider, said “It is great supporting Merchistonian, David Millar with his 300 mile cycle, 30 mile kayak and 3 mile walk in aid of Spinal Research, a charity dedicated to finding treatments that can prevent or reverse the paralysis”

    David Rider