A 43-year-old from Kelso is getting ready to compete in the City of Edinburgh Running Festival (CERF), one week after winning the 200 metres at the Hawick Border Games.
Dave McKay who has been running since he was six years old was born with an upper limb deformity.
The dad-of-two has never let his disability stop him participating in any aspect of life, especially when it come to the Scottish sprinting scene. The “veteran” who trains twice a week whilst also going to the gym twice a week is now gearing up for Friday’s CERF where he will take part in the 110m.
“You could call me a veteran of the running world as I am now 43-years-old. However, I still train with Adie Gray in Kelso where there are ten of us who meet every week and compete on the sprinting circuit every year
“I was born with shorter arms than the norm, but despite my disability, I was brought up to be competitive in whatever I set my mind to. It’s never held me back as I’ve always been treated the same, both with family and friends. My disability has made me more determined to succeed in all aspects of life. I’ve never felt any different to others and I expect to be treated the same as everyone else. I’ve always enjoyed running, but I also played and managed Football teams at Border Amateur level and I am a reasonable horseman having led Kelso’s Civic Week celebrations as the 1999 Kelso Laddie which was a massive honour.
“This will be the third time I’ve ran at CERF and the fact is it all-inclusive is a massive appeal to me. It’s great to see the event growing year on year, as Edinburgh didn’t used to have any big sprinting events outside The New Year Sprint. It’s also fantastic to see people like Graeme Armstrong, the chairman of CERF, push for this event and for it to be so well received.”
CERF is on a handicap basis meaning that each competitor should have an equal chance of winning, no matter their age, or ability. An official handicapper allocates each runner a starting mark based on previous performance, age and ability. There are three age groups for runners: Youth A (13-16), Youth B (9-12) and Adult (16 – no age limit).