Kilted running man looks for support

Tiny sports coaches Ruaridh Nimmo (4) and Holly Devlin (3)coaches check Glaswegian John McGurk is in shape .
Tiny sports coaches Ruaridh Nimmo (4) and Holly Devlin (3)coaches check Glaswegian John McGurk is in shape .

Glaswegians are being asked to give a big ‘welcome home’ to an ex-pat as he completes a 560-mile run between Germany and Glasgow to raise money for Children 1st, based in Pollokshields.

John McGurk (53) will complete his epic fundraising feat in Glasgow Green around 4pm on Monday, June 6.

And he hopes local people will run the last leg with him to send a message to children and young people that they matter.

He said: “I survived a traumatic childhood and chose Children 1st because they work with abused children and those whose lives are blighted by poverty. The work they do is all about helping children recover from trauma, or helping families who need support. That’s what needs addressed, and what I want to change.

“When I read that one in three children in Glasgow is living in poverty that just blew me away. I wanted to do something to raise awareness as well as money, so I planned this run.”

John, once a squaddie with the King’s Own Scottish Borderer’s regiment, has raised almost €1million for children’s organisations.