SCOTTISH long-distance running champion Eilish McColgan, who broke the British half-marathon record at the weekend, is calling on Scots to help feed hungry children in some of the world’s poorest countries.

The Commonwealth gold medallist has signed up to Mary’s Meals’ new fundraising challenge from Dalmally to Malawi. 

Founded 20 years ago in a shed in Argyll, Mary’s Meals helps to feed more than 2.4 million children every school day across 18 countries including Malawi, Kenya and Syria.

The aim is for meals to encourage children into the classroom to gain an education.

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McColgan, who is currently training for the London Marathon, said: “As a sportsperson, I am really passionate about helping people to enjoy keeping fit.

“That’s why I’m delighted to support Mary’s Meals new active challenge, from Dalmally to Malawi.

“There’s still time to sign up and help feed children in some of the world’s poorest communities. All you need to do is pledge to complete a number of miles in April and ask friends and family for sponsorship.”

By signing up to the challenge, Scots will take part in a virtual challenge from Dalmally, a village in the Highlands, to Malawi.

From walking, to running to swimming, participants can take part in any way they choose and the money raised will be donated to some of the world’s poorest countries.

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Dan McNally, head of grassroots engagement at Mary’s Meals said: “We’re really grateful to Eilish for going the extra mile for Mary’s Meals, and backing our new fundraising challenge.

“However many miles you pledge, taking part in From Dalmally to Malawi allows you to follow the Mary’s Meals journey while helping us to reach the next hungry child. I hope as many people as possible join us this April.”

By taking part, those in Scotland will be helping children like Exton from Malawi.

He said: “I come to school knowing that I will find food. Mary’s Meals gives me joy and happiness and that helps me to pass with flying colours in class.”