Pulling together for Sport Relief

Competitors enjoy a tug-of-war in Charlotte Square. Picture: Scott Taylor
Competitors enjoy a tug-of-war in Charlotte Square. Picture: Scott Taylor
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Edinburgh pulls together for Sport Relief

The Capital provided the starting line last month for TV presenter Davina McCall’s epic and emotional 500-mile trek to London. And following in her footsteps was Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King, who got the ball rolling on his own challenge at Murrayfield Stadium earlier this week.

Iain Thomson joins the abseiling event at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena. Picture: Scott Taylor

Iain Thomson joins the abseiling event at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena. Picture: Scott Taylor

He led city employees of the supermarket giant Daniel Pauley and Darren Mutch on three laps around the rugby pitch to complete one of 17 miles he planned to run across the UK over five days.

Ahead of the Capital leg, Mr King, who is preparing to leave Sainsbury’s after ten years at the helm, said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting our Scotland store team as I get set for my final Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile Challenge. The commitment from our colleagues to raise funds in previous years has been incredible and they really do go the extra mile.”

Mr Pauley, who works in the bakery at the Longstone branch, added: “It’s not every day you get to run with your boss. I’m looking forward to the experience of meeting Justin and it’s great to know we’re all taking part to raise money for a good cause.”

Charlotte Square was also the scene of fundraising action, where teams from organisations such as Essential Edinburgh and Enable Scotland took part in a sports day.

And climbing instructor Iain Thomson was getting in some last-minute practice ahead of the Abseilathon at the Edinburgh Indoor Climbing Arena in Ratho tomorrow.

Dozens of fundraisers will try to complete as many abseils as possible over three hours between 1pm and 4pm.