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I'm doing this for Border Collie Rescue because.....

I’ve always wanted a Border Collie but felt I had neither the lifestyle or experience to own one, then I came across Border Collie Rescue when I saw the charities stall at a car boot sale at Murton near York.

There was a poster advertising for volunteers at the York centre and I thought that even if I could not provide a home for one, perhaps I could help out by contributing some time, so I gave my details to the lady volunteer running the stall.

Shortly afterwards I got a call and was invited to the centre to meet  some of the 23 resident guests there at the time. You cannot help but admire this breed of dog for their energy, loyalty and tenacity and I was hooked and am now a regular volunteer, helping with the general care and exercise of the dogs whenever I can spare the time.

One dog, Mollie, (see photo above) has become my training partner and running companion so I will be wearing a T-shirt with her photo on it during the run.

I like the ethos of Border Collie Rescue, the fact that it's a voluntary organisation, the care taken over the dogs, the careful rehoming and the hard work put in by the volunteers, particularly Nicki Oliver, who looks after the dogs. By running this marathon I can help raise some valuable funds to help the organisations work.

The marathon is dedicated to the memory of my Shetland Sheepdog, Symba.

Lieutenant Colonel Jan Pilgrim is an Army Nursing Officer in Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps and was recently Chief Instructor at the Army Medical Training Centre, Strensall, York, where a simulated hospital trained military nursing personnel for deployment to Afghanistan.

Jan is a keen runner and has competed in many half, full and ultra marathons, mainly in aid of charity.

 

I enjoy all the aspects of working with the dogs at Border Collie Rescue, even the basic cleaning work.

Yes, all volunteers get some cleaning to do
Jan with Mollie, Glen and the puppy form Hell Most of all I enjoy the company of the dogs and love their individual characters.

Here I am with (Left to Right) Mollie, puppy Shadow (aged 14 weeks) and shy Glen.

To help raise awareness of the charity I have put together a rather fetching outfit, which, although it reflects the traditional livery and colours of the Border Collie, is a mile away from standard army combat issue!

Jan and Mollie in full dress uniform
on the road again!

One dog, Mollie, has become my training partner and running companion.

Mollie's previous owner was a tri-athlete and took Mollie out daily on long runs.

Mollie misses these routines and really looks forward to my visits.

Neither of us seem to be able to wear the other out, but we both benefit and are very happy after an hour or so running together.

 

 
 
Jan's 2011 Kielder Marathon run
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