Doctor faces 96-mile trail for patients

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A DOCTOR from the Capital is bidding to complete Scotland’s most famous long-distance trail within 24 hours to help find a cure for his patients.

Dr Charlie Lees, a consultant gastroenterologist, will tackle the 96-mile West Highland Way race on Saturday to raise money for Scots charity Cure Crohn’s Colitis.

The charity is funding a major research project, called “PREdiCCt”, as part of a drive to find the cause of two bowel diseases – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Dr Lees, who is based at the Western General Hospital, is also the research project’s chief investigator.

The 39-year-old said: “I am aiming to run the 96 miles in less than 24 hours. You are allowed 35 hours. This will be a massive test of body and mind.

“The race itself is the biggest challenge by far I have undertaken. It makes sense to me to use it as an opportunity to raise awareness – and some money – for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.”

He added: “There is a really urgent need to help people with inflammatory bowel disease get and stay well, as well as to understand why people get sick in the first place.”