Beds boundary well and truly ‘bashed’ as runners raise MND awareness


The first ever ‘Bashing the Beds Boundary’ finished this morning with squads of relay runners completing a circuit of the Bedfordshire county border overnight.

‘Bashing the Beds Boundary’ was created by Bedford marathon man, Rob Burrells, whose sister Debbie has Motor Neurone Disease.

The running event was set up to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease and funds for the MND Association.

Debbie was diagnosed with the disease in 2018 and since then has herself been organising and taking part in various fund-raising activities while she can.

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Beginning at Picts Hill House, Turvey, teams of runners, known as “Bounders”, ran the 138 mile long boundary of Bedfordshire.

They did it non-stop, in five-mile relay legs overnight on Good Friday, finishing back at Picts Hill this morning.

Other runners also took part as ‘Final Leggers’, who ran the last five-miles around the estate of Picts Hill House.

Rob and Debbie Burrells
Rob and Debbie Burrells

The amount raised by the runners is still being calculated but donations can still be made to Burrells’ Bounders on JustGiving.

Rob had help organising the event by Bedford businessman, Nick Kier, of Lane & Holmes, who was behind the 7for7in7 charity half marathons held in 2016.

Nick is also the co-founder of the St George’s Day Charity Fund which, working closely with The Rotary Club of Bedford Park, has raised £565,000 for local charities and good causes since 1992.