Hamish running Edinburgh Half Marathon to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust after cancer diagnosis
HAMISH ROBINSON, 22, from Selkirk, is getting set to take on the Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday 27th May, just 16 months after being diagnosed cancer.

The 22-year-old is determined to give back to the charity Teenage Cancer Trust after the support he received through being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour in January 2017, at the age of just 21.

Hamish started feeling ill in January 2017 and rapidly went downhill with a minor headache which quickly got worse.

Hamish said, “My co-ordination was going, I started to lose my balance and I had double vision, and ringing in my ears. I was struggling to eat or walk. My mum recognised that something wasn’t right and encouraged me to go back to the doctors three days later. The doctor had an idea of what it might be and said she wasn’t going to send me away without a scan.

He was transferred to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh where he underwent an MRI scan which revealed a brain tumour the size of a pool ball.

“I was in that much pain that they inserted a ventricle access device into my head to remove brain fluid and release the pressure on my brain. Tests on this fluid showed tumour markers, substances secreted by cancerous cells, of >4000, with <2 being normal”

“I was shown a picture of it and I couldn’t believe that it was in my head, or that this was happening to me. I was only 21. The type of tumour I had was very rare, I was one of 10 people in Europe aged 16-24 with it.”

Hamish was then referred to the Teenage Cancer Trust unit where he began his chemotherapy treatment.

“After three rounds of chemo, I was told I may need further surgery to take some of the tumour out. I was told the surgery could cause paralysis and brain damage but also that by having it I was more likely to make a full recovery so I made the difficult decision to go for it.

“I had another round of chemo, then six weeks of radiotherapy. I felt more tired and nauseous as it went on but I finished my treatment and got through it.

Hamish praised the work of the staff on the unit, saying: “The nurses were incredible throughout my treatment and were one of the best things about being on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit. They were chatty, funny and reassuring. The surgeons were amazing too.”

Hamish has now finished his treatment and is preparing to take on the Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday 27th May to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust.

“I decided I wanted to do the Edinburgh Half Marathon to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust after the amazing treatment I received.

“I’d always took part in a lot of sport but I haven’t done a long distance run before so I gradually increased my distance using a training plan. There are a few young people from the unit running so I may be able to do the course with one of them.”

You can support Hamish by donating to his JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hamish-robinson, or if you’d like to join Hamish on the start line, you can sign up to run in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival for Teenage Cancer Trust today. For more information, visit https://www.edinburghmarathon.com/charity/affiliates/?charities_id=932.

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THE EDINBURGH MARATHON has launched a brand new route for the first time in 5 years.

In what will be the 16th year of the Edinburgh Marathon, Scotland’s largest running event, which takes place on Sunday May 27 2018, announced the new route this lunchtime.

The new route starts on Potterrow, the Old Town heartland of Edinburgh University, for the first time in the event’s history, before heading North over the historic High Street and down The Mound. Participants will then run past the Scottish National Gallery and into Princes Street Gardens, with the iconic Edinburgh Castle as their backdrop.

The route then takes in the Scott Monument, before heading down the Royal Mile and towards Holyrood Park, The Scottish Parliament and Royal Palace before then east towards the beautiful coastline. The marathon finishes in Pinkie Playing fields, Musselburgh as per recent years. Both the Half Marathon and Team Relay routes have had similar changes.

Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Director, said: “We are delighted to announce the new Edinburgh Marathon route to the world and and believe we have a route which showcases the incredible and stunning historic city of Edinburgh to it’s very best.”

“The key for us was creating a route which not only let our participants see more of Edinburgh, but also stays true to its worldwide reputation as one of the fastest marathon routes approved by an IAAF label – not an easy thing to achieve in this small but fine city!”

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival now annually attracts more than 30,000 runners each year has had an economic impact of more than £40 million for Scotland’s capital and helped raise more than £60 million for hundreds of charities.

The Edinburgh Marathon joined the world’s elite road races in 2012 by becoming the first race in Scotland to be officially recognised by the IAAF, the athletics governing body. The IAAF Bronze label puts the race among the top 75 in the world making it a pivotal part of the sporting calendar for runners. It remains Scotland’s only IAAF labeled road race.

Mr Kilgour said “With a descent of almost 90 metres to near sea level, we believe that this is one if not the fastest marathon routes in the world.  If you have put in the training then this route will reward this effort: it is full of PB potential”

Second only to London in terms of size in the UK, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival has eight races on offer, guaranteeing there is something for everyone from the seasoned runner to the charity fundraiser and beginners. The fun kicks off on Saturday May 26 at Holyrood Park with a 10k, 5K and two junior races. On Sunday May 27, the Edinburgh Marathon, Edinburgh Half Marathon and team relay start from the heart of Edinburgh City and continues through East Lothian offering stunning views and an unforgettable running experience.

Entries are open for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on May 26 and 27, 2018. More information is available via the website at www.edinburghmarathon.com

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How to recover from a marathon

Five Ways to Recover from a Marathon

Keep it Moving

Now we know you’ve more than earned a week (or more) of chill time after your exploits this weekend. HOWEVER, we would definitely recommend you keep it flowing this week. This doesn’t have to mean running every day – or even at all – walking will do just fine. But the more you can keep moving, the faster you’ll be able to flush out the lactate from the muscles, break down the scar tissue that’s causing those aches, and get those legs back to feeling close to normal again!

Get the Prote-in
Your muscles are damaged, the DOMS have hit hard and you’re walking like you’ve soiled yourself. Diet plays a massive role in the recovery process, and foods high in protein will accelerate the resynthesis of these muscle fibers across the week. Eggs, nuts, fish, meats, beans, pulses and grains are all great sources – you know the score! Happy munching, you’ve earned a wee bite we think!

Massage or Foam Roll (ooft!)
This one hurts – but with great pain comes great relief! If you can book a massage, fantastic – a good rub down will increase circulation, relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness and speed up that recovery process! Equally, a good foam roller will help in the same way. You’re in control here so find your trigger points and spend some time honing in on them and working to undo those horrible knots. You’ll find hundreds of videos on YouTube on good foam rolling technique for different muscle groups!

Listen to your body
Possibly the most clichéd phrase in the running world, but it certainly rings true here. Everyone is different and will respond to the marathon in different ways. So please don’t panic if you see your friends off out for a run, and you’re sat there feeling like you’re 150 years old. It will take time to recover so be patient and don’t rush back!

Celebrate, enjoy, rejoice, you’re legendary.
We’ve saved the most important bit of advice until the end – CELEBRATE! You have just become part of a very exclusive club; running a marathon really is an incredible achievement and one which deserves due merrymaking. Draw out the celebrations for as long as you possibly can, milk it because you’ve just accomplished something amazing.

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Thousands take part in the 15th Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Thousands take part in the 15th Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Over 30,000 runners took part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in the nation’s capital on 27th & 28th May. Runners from all over the world gathered for Scotland’s biggest running festival, taking part part in the Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, 10k, 5k and junior races across an action-packed weekend.

Sunny weather made for perfect running conditions for the elite fields on one of the world’s fastest marathon courses, where Kenyan dominance of the event continued in both the male and female races. Julius Kiplagat Korir took a decisive victory in the men’s race, breaking clear in the last few miles to blow away the opposition in a winning time of 2 hours, 17 minutes and 13 seconds.

Fellow Kenyan, Stanley Kiprotich Bett took second place in 2 hours, 19 minutes and 9 seconds, followed closely by crowd favourite and star of ‘Running with the Kenyans’, Japhet Koech with a time of 2 hours 20 minutes and 35 seconds.

Afterwards, Korir said: “I really enjoyed the race today. I was in the leading pack for the first 20 miles, then decided that I wanted to make a break for it to win, and was happy that I did.”

The women’s race was dominated by Kenyan Eddah Jepkosgei. She led from the gun to a six minute victory in 2 hours, 37 minutes and 46 seconds.

The podium was completed by Belarusian Olga Dubovskaya in 2 hours, 43 minutes and 40 seconds, and Dianne Lauder, Gala Harriers in 2 hours, 54 minutes and 48 seconds.

Afterwards, Jepkosgei said: “Today was tougher than last year, the first half was good but I struggled with the wind in the second half. I’m happy as I’ve cut two minutes off my time from last year, I’d like to come back in 2018 and run 2 hours 34 minutes!”

As if running 26.2 miles wasn’t tough enough, local lad Scott Hutchison of Tranent completed the grand slam of marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k over the weekend. Scott was running for Arthritis Research UK and Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust as both his dad and mother-in-law have been severely impacted by this in recent years.

He began his EMF weekend yesterday by completing both the 5K and 10K races around Holyrood Park. Today, he was up and running again as he tackled the half and full marathon races.

We caught up with Scott after the marathon, which was the last of his four races. He said: “That’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life, my body is absolute agony! Half way through the marathon was the hardest part of today, but I’m so chuffed that I finished and can’t wait to put my feet up and enjoy a barbecue!”

It was a particularly heart-thumping day for Peter Irvine from West Lothian who proposed to his partner Stephen with a personalised medal saying “fancy running a marathon to the altar with me?” at the finish line. Thankfully he said ‘yes’.

Afterwards, he said:  “We are completely over the moon. I’m so pleased that Stephen said “yes” to the proposal, I was glad that I managed to convince him to get on stage!”

There was a thrilling race at the front of Sunday morning’s half marathon as Italian Pasquale Roberto Rutigliano stormed to victory with a winning time of 1 hour, 9 mins and 39 seconds. Hunters Bog Trotter’s Patryk Gierjatowicz took second place with a time of 1 hour, 10 mins and 42 second, and Arron Larkin of Rotherham Harriers finished in third with a time of 1 hour, 10 mins and 59 seconds.

39 year old Rutigliano said: “This half marathon is fast, very fast! I’m very happy with how my run went today. This is my first time in Scotland and this race, I’d love to come back in 2018!”

Glasgow’s Avril Mason was the winner in the women’s race which she led from start to finish. The Shettleston Harriers runner was pleased to have topped the podium in her third outing at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in 1 hour 19 minutes and 49 seconds.

The 43 year old said: “I’ve ran the full marathon three times, but this year I felt like I was ready for a half marathon. Towards the tail end of last year I was running really well.”

“I lead all the way from mile two. There’s definitely a great crowd presence throughout the whole run and support all the way round which is really nice!”

Birmingham’s Molly Browne clinched second place with a time of 1 hour 19 minutes and 57 seconds, with Emma Ballantyne from City of York AC finishing third in 1 hour 21 minutes 57 seconds.

Saturday saw Holyrood Park bathed in glorious sunshine as 6,000 runners took part in 10k, 5k and junior races, supported by thousands more friends and family savouring the big event atmosphere.

Renaud Vincent, 31, from France claimed the top spot in the EMF 10K race with a winning time of 34 minutes and 39 seconds. Gary Flannighan clinched second place in 36 minutes and 09 seconds and Steven Medd of Gateshead Harriers, finished in third place with a time of 36 minutes and 40 seconds.

Afterwards, Vincent said: “This is my second year in Edinburgh. Last year I wanted to run but unfortunately broke my foot, so it was great to come back and take first place this year. It’s such a beautiful city!”

The women’s winner was 22 year old Alice Burgin from Bedford with a winning time of 37 minutes 52 seconds. She said: “The course is really nice and scenic, very warm! Great crowds, lots of support and cheering along the way which really helped me out.”

Italian Lorenzo Masi, 30, stormed home first in the sunshine to clinch the 5K title with a winning time of 17 mins 29 seconds. He said: “I discovered this wonderful city one year ago because my girlfriend lives here. I’ll absolutely be back – next year I will run again!”

Youth stole the show in the women’s field as 18 year old Anisha Badial was the first female home with a winning time of 19 minutes 51 seconds. Anisha, who runs for Aberdeen AAC, said “I was second last year so I’m delighted to clinch first place this time around.”

Around 850 youngsters took part in Saturday’s junior races, consisting of the 1.5k for 6-8 year olds and the 2k for 9-12 year olds, as well as both the Junior 5K and the Kids Kilometre for the first time ever.

Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Director, said: “2017 has been another incredible year for Edinburgh Marathon Festival with record-breaking performances, tens of thousands of participants and millions raised for good causes.

“We are proud to host a truly world class running event in Scotland’s capital for people of all ages and abilities from across the globe. Congratulations to everyone who took part. Thanks for making the 2017 Edinburgh Marathon Festival one of the UK’s greatest mass participation events. Come and see us again next year!”    

More than 1,500 runners from the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Official Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, took part and together with hundreds of other charities, are hoping to raise more than £5 million.

Entries for the 2018 Edinburgh Marathon Festival which takes place on Bank Holiday Weekend on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2018 are open with an early bird discount for everyone who registers before 11th June.

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Important Road Closure information ahead of The Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Important Road Closure information ahead of The Edinburgh Marathon Festival

The 15th Edinburgh Marathon Festival will take place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017.

Supplementing the usual road closures that are annually in place for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, Police Scotland with support from all agencies will implement an additional road closure on London Road between the junction of Easter Road and Blenheim Place on Sunday morning resulting in a diversion route using Easter Road and Leith Walk.

This diversion will be in place between 6:30am and 10:30am on Sunday for the start of the Half and Full Marathon so please avoid travelling in the London Road, Easter Road and Meadowbank area during this time. There will be considerable delays to travel time during this time.

It is important that you allow additional travel time over the weekend to reach your destination and that wherever possible choose to travel using Public Transport or using the dedicated Event Bus Services to alleviate or avoid traffic congestion.  

Lothian Buses which would normally have picked up on London Road will now pick up from Elm Row and follow the diversion route.  The Event Bus Services will be available from the east side of  George Street and will follow their usual routes which are unaffected by the closures.

This additional closure has not been taken lightly so we ask for your assistance in trying to not travel to and through this area in cars during this time.

Please refer to the following websites and follow on twitter for updated travel information.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

City Of Edinburgh Council

Lothian Buses

East Lothian Council

Traffic Scotland

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Edinburgh Marathon Festival – Statement

Edinburgh Marathon Festival Statement

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is now in its 15th year and the event is an incredible vehicle for life-changing achievements and experiences, for thousands of people. From younger runners in the junior races taking part in their first event, all the way to our international elite field in the marathon; runners, spectators and charities alike all contribute and are all a part of the incredibly positive impact that this event has on so many people. This year alone, over four million pounds will be raised for the much needed work of charitable organisations. The positive impact spreads far further than the 30,000 entrants. It is and will continue to be a wonderful event in the most incredible city for all those involved.  

The horrible events in Manchester and the raised UK wide threat level have resulted in further multi agency meetings involving all the Emergency Services, Edinburgh City Council and the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Team. Resulting from this, there will be an increased police presence and security resource over the weekend, both at the event and across the city as a whole. This is reflective of the increased UK wide threat level.

There is no information or knowledge linked to any threat to Edinburgh or the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, this increased presence is in place to further ensure safety for all and reassure that the experience remains positive for all those involved.

Runners and spectators are asked to assist in this process by allowing extra time for travel over the weekend and affording extra patience and vigilance in these changing circumstances, including random bag searches and additional road closures. Parking at both the start and finish areas is heavily restricted, so please plan travel in advance using public buses, trains or event shuttle buses.  Please do not take your car.

Safety for everyone remains, and always will be, our number one priority.

All runners, race crew and the people of Edinburgh and Scotland stand strong with our friends in Manchester and we will all continue to be part of positive change.

Neil Kilgour – Race Director

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Elites set for quick times at 15th Edinburgh Marathon

Elites set for quick times at 15th Edinburgh Marathon

Some of the world’s fastest marathon runners will take to the streets of Edinburgh and East Lothian for the 2017 Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 28th May.

Exciting elite fields have emerged for both the men and the women as Edinburgh continues to establish itself as one of the world’s leading marathons. Athletes from across the globe will descend upon the Scottish capital looking to drop some quick times on this notoriously fast course.

In the men’s field, Ihor Russ of Ukraine will start as favourite after his victory at the Kharkov International Marathon and finishing in the Top 50 at the Olympic Games in Rio – he will be looking to improve on his 2:12 personal best . Kenyan Stanley Bett will follow closely on his heels with a best of 2:14; Bett has had previous success on British soil having stormed to victory at the Bournemouth Marathon last year. This year’s event also sees the return of Japhet Koech: Japhet is a regular at the Edinburgh Marathon finishing 3rd in 2016, 18th in 2015, 2nd in 2014 and 5th in 2013.  Japhet featured in the cult running novel Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn.

The fastest entrant the women’s elite field is Belarusian Olena Duboskaya with a PB of 2:28 but she will face stiff competition from Kenyans Pennina Ndungu and Eddah Jepkosgei who was first female in the Edinburgh Marathon last year. Ukranian Valentina Zhudina could also feature as she aims to go under 2:40 in her first ever marathon debut. Valentina started to compete in the 3000m Steeple Chase as a youth representing her country internationally at U23 Championships.  She became a double Olympian in the 3000m steeple chase then now her priority has changed to road racing full time and her goal for the Edinburgh Marathon is to have a strong marathon debut.

The British contingent at this year’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival is also very strong. Peter Le Grice has set the quickest time this year with a 41st place finish at the London Marathon in a time of 2:23:16, closely followed by Tom Charles of Trafford AC who finished second in the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon and tenth in last year’s Edinburgh Marathon.

Favourite in the British female field is Hayley Haining of Kilbarchan Athletics Club. Hayley competed for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and 2006. She finished 25th in the Marathon at the World Championships in 2005 and has competed in the Edinburgh Marathon in 2012, 2014 and 2016, finishing on the podium each time. Georgie Bruinvels of Aldershot Farnham is in sensational form after winning the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon this April with a time of 2:37:03. Local favourite Dianne Lauder of Gala Harriers has also had a great couple of years. Dianne finished 6th in the Edinburgh Marathon in 2016 and 2nd in the Edinburgh Half Marathon in 2015.

Freya Ross, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Elite Coordinator, looked ahead to what should be an exciting battle at the front of the race: “We’re excited to see who will come out on top with some really strong runners in both the men’s and women’s fields. The course is quick and we’re hopeful for some good running conditions which should lend itself to some fast times.”

Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Race Director, added: “Scotland is preparing to welcome the world to the this amazing city and we look forward to delivering another outstanding Edinburgh Marathon Festival that the nation will be proud of.  We as a team are already proud of the effort put in by all of our runners as they work hard to prepare for the big day. In our eyes, every EMF runner is elite and we value every runner’s contribution to the festival in equal measure. It’s great to have another stellar elite field this year, cementing Edinburgh’s status as a premier global marathon with genuine world class runners spearheading the race.”

Starter of the 15th Edinburgh Marathon will be arguably Scoland’s greatest long-distance runner; Donald Forbes Macgregor. Donald competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, representing Great Britain in the men’s marathon event, in which he finished in seventh position. He also competed for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in 1970 in Edinburgh, on a course which incorporates the current Edinburgh Marathon route, so it’s very fitting that he starts this year’s event.

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is Scotland’s largest mass participation running event. There are nine races on offer, guaranteeing there is something for everyone from the seasoned runner to the charity fundraiser and beginners. The fun kicks off on Saturday 27th May at Holyrood Park with a 10K, 5K and four junior races. On Sunday 28th May, the Edinburgh marathon, half marathon and team relay starts from the heart of Edinburgh and continues through East Lothian offering stunning views and an unforgettable running experience.

Eddah Jepkosgei
Eddah Jepkosgei
Stanley Bett
Stanley Bett
Olga Dubovskaya
Olga Dubovskaya
Japhet Koech
Japhet Koech
Hayley Haining
Hayley Haining
Peter Le Grice
Peter Le Grice
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Eagan Duncan
Three year-old Eagan set to take on the Kids’ Kilometre in Edinburgh for Team Macmillan
ONE OF the youngest ever Edinburgh Marathon Festival runners, Eagan Duncan, is set to take on the challenge of the Kids’ Kilometre this May to raise funds for Team Macmillan.

Three year old Eagan from Edinburgh loves being active and his mum, Cheryl, saw the Kids’ Kilometre event on Saturday 27th May as the perfect opportunity for him to combine having lots of fun with raising money for a worthy cause.

Cheryl said “We chose to support Team Macmillan as Eagan’s Grandad had a close call with bowel cancer a few years ago, but thanks to early screening he was treated quickly and continues to have yearly check ups. Macmillan was a valuable source of information and advice during this time.”

The Kids’ Kilometre is a brand new event which was added to the Edinburgh Marathon Festival this year due to the popularity of the junior races.

Marketing Director, Annette Drummond, said: “We’re pleasantly surprised at the popularity of our ever-growing junior races and decided to add two new events to the festival this year in order to make it more inclusive to our younger runners. Eagan is a fantastic example of how EMF can help little ones do something active, whilst raising money at the same time.”

If you’d like to support Eagan in his fundraising efforts, you can donate to his JustGiving page here – https://www.justgiving.com/eagan-duncan

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival junior races are filling up fast and are expected to reach capacity in the next few weeks. For more information and to enter, visit www.edinburghmarathon.com.

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Winter running tips
Edinburgh Marathon Festival Winter running tips

Top 5 Tips for Winter Running

There’s no denying there’s been a definite shift in temperature recently, autumn is here and winter is definitely on it’s way. Here are our top 5 tips for training during this nippy time of year:

1. Make a Plan
Make plans to meet someone for a run, then there’s no backing out if you’re not quite in the mood for it. Making plans will help you to get motivated and stay on track throughout the winter.

2. Dress for the conditions
The general rule of thumb is to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer. You want to be warm but not overheating when you run. 10 to 20 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms. 0 to 10 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms. Two tops (fleece for the cold-prone) and a jacket. Minus 10 to 0 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, extra pair of gloves, 1 scarf wrapped around mouth or a balaclava.

3. Gone with the wind
Wind is brutal when running, especially in Scotland! Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back, so the breeze doesn’t blast you after you’ve broken a sweat. To avoid a long, biting slog, you can break this into segments, running into the wind for about 10 minutes, turning around to run with the wind at your back for five minutes, and repeating.

4. Old habits die hard
Traditionally a morning runner? Why not try a lunchtime run instead when the temperatures are a bit warmer? Alternatively, try running twice a day, in the morning and in the evening – it’s better than doing one long run where you might get very cold toward the end.

5. Winter sun
If all else fails, book a flight and head somewhere warm for your Vitamin D fix!

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Pembroke runners Team Price raise more than £2,000 for Parkinson’s UK charity

Pembroke runners Team Price raise more than £2,000 for Parkinson’s UK charity

A PEMBROKE family have raised more than £2,000 for the Parkinson’s UK charity by taking part in in the recent Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

The South Terrace family of four – Gary Price, 50, wife Sara, 45, and sons Pembroke School pupil Harvey, 12, and Golden Grove pupil Max, six, took part in the festival during the recent bank holiday weekend.

The family have raised funds through the Justgiving charity website at www.justgiving.com/Team-Pricey

Gary said: “We were inspired to raise money for Parkinson’s UK after losing my father John at the end of 2014 as he’d been suffering with the disease for several years and then Sara’s father, Graham, also being diagnosed with the condition. Parkinson’s UK give invaluable support and information to sufferers and their families and are working toward finding a cure. They provide an amazing service at the Hope centre in Neyland where they meet weekly, it’s something that really helps Graham and the family to manage his condition.

At the end of last year the Price family had absolute no running experience and were a typical family where dog walking, or a spot of trampolining, were their main physical activities.

“We decided change that and enter the Edinburgh Marathon Festival where they cater for all ages and abilities and is the perfect event for families,” said Gary. “Max entered the 1.5 kilometers, Harvey both the 5K and 2K, Sara in the 5K and me in the marathon. We started our training last November, completing school fun-runs and Park Runs at Colby Gardens together along the way.

“We travelled up to Edinburgh and completed our events last weekend, all doing really well in our races. More importantly we’ve been able to over £2,000 so far for Parkinson’s UK in the process and were hoping that by publicising our challenge we could increase the total even further and possibly inspire other families to do something similar, because if we can do this anybody can.”

The latest total is more than that, at £2,175 and rising, and donations are still being collected up until July 1.

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