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

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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Thousands take part in the 14th Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Thousands take part in the 14th Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Over 30,000 runners took part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in the nation’s capital on 28-29 May. Runners from right across the globe 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 conditions 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. Boaz Kiprono took a decisive victory in the men’s race, breaking clear in the last mile to blow away the opposition in a winning time of 2 hours, 19 minutes and 55 seconds.

Moroccan runner Abdelhadi El Mouaziz took a crowd-pleasing second place in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 14 seconds, followed closely by crowd favourite and star of ‘Running with the Kenyans, Japhet Koech with a time of 2 hours 22 minutes and 15 seconds.

Afterwards, Kiprono said: “I was well prepared today so I was hoping to run and win. The weather today was a bit cold for me, but the course was flat and good. I hope to come back to defend my title next year.”

The women’s race was dominated by Kenyan Eddah Jepkosgei. she led from the gun to a four minute victory in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 53 seconds.

The podium was completed by Hailey Haining, Kilbarchan AAC in 2 hours, 43 minutes and 3 seconds, and Katie White, Garscube Harriers in 2 hours, 47 minutes and 40 seconds.

Afterwards, Jepkosgei said: “The weather was good today, I enjoyed it. I’d love to come back next year and defend my title and better my time.”

As if running 26.2 miles wasn’t tough enough, Gavin Thomson of Darvel completed the grand slam of marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k over the weekend. Gavin Thomson was running for MND Scotland in memory of his aunt who passed away from Motor Neurone Disease in December 2013.

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 Gavin 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 full marathon was the hardest part of today, at that point I thought to myself “I can’t do this”, then I thought of my auntie and it got me through.”

It was a particularly heart-thumping day for Daniel Jones from Hertford who proposed to his girlfriend Rebecca Harrison at the marathon finish line. Thankfully she said ‘yes’. His new fiance was running the marathon alongside Daniel and was taken by surprise as Daniel bent on one knee at the finish line.

2016 Edinburgh Marathon proposal

Afterwards, he said: “We are over the moon that the run went so well. Plus I’m rather glad that Rebecca said “yes” to the proposal, I was glad that I managed to convince her to get on stage!”

There was a thrilling race at the front of Sunday morning’s half marathon as Darrell Hastie of Gala Harriers stormed to victory in the last mile with a winning time of 1 hour, 10 mins and 38 seconds. Sunderland Harrier’s Andrew Powell took second place with a time of 1 hour, 10 mins and 48 second, and Spain’s Francisco Urbano Sales finished in third with a time of 1 hour, 10 mins and 54 seconds.

It was a cat and mouse race with Sunderland-based Powell pushing the pace in the latter half, but local runner Hastie had the critical finishing kick.

33 year old Hastie said: “It was really good, it’s a beautiful course, the weather was fantastic – perfect conditions for running in with next to no wind.

“I was sitting in 5th place when a group broke away early on. I thought one or two of them might drop off. At about 10 miles the front two had gotten away and fourth and fifth started to drop off. I managed to work hard and catch them.”

“When I got them I thought I might have a chance of sneaking third place, I was feeling quite good. Then I thought if I really start to work hard, I might have a squeak! With two miles to go at the turn, I thought I’ve got nothing to lose and I’ll have a crack at it and see if I can get them, and I managed to reel them in! Really pleased.”

Northumberland’s Tracy Millmore was the winner in the women’s race which she led from start to finish. The Birtley AC runner was pleased to have topped the podium in her first ever outing at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

The 33 year old said: “It was really good, the weather was great, conditions were perfect and it was a great run, I enjoyed it.”

“I lead all the way from the start. I just wanted to see how I felt and go as hard as I could. I’m thinking about running the marathon next year so will hopefully be back!”

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.

Max McNeill, 22, from Lothian Running Club claimed the top spot in the EMF 10K race with a winning time of 32 minutes and 7 seconds. Bryan Mackie from Edinburgh AC clinched second place in 32 minutes and 51 seconds and Kevin Stephant, on holiday from France, finished in third place with a time of 34 minutes and 16 seconds.

Afterwards, McNeill said: “I’ve spent the last month in Boulder in America, altitude training with Steve Jones. This was my first race since coming back. I really enjoyed today, good conditions and crowds everywhere!”

The women’s winner was 32 year old Sheena Logan of Fife AC. She said: “The course was good, I loved the scenery. I enjoyed it. I’m on a hen weekend this weekend and literally sneaked out to do this race so I need to get back before breakfast is served!”

Cumbrian Paul Coon, 24, stormed home first in the sunshine to clinch the 5K title with a winning time of 16 mins 47 seconds. He said: “It’s my second year at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, I did the relay last year, it’s such a nice place, I enjoy it. I’m also running in the half marathon tomorrow!”

Youth stole the show in the women’s field as 13 year old Alisha Sivell was the first female home with a winning time of 19 minutes 43 seconds. Alisha, who runs for Kilbarchan AAC, said “I ran the 2K last year but was too old for it this year so decided to run the 5k instead. It was a really good experience.”

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.

Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Director, said: “2016 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 2016 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 £4.5 million.

Entries for the 2017 Edinburgh Marathon Festival which takes place on Bank Holiday Weekend on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017 are open with an early bird discount for everyone who registers before 12th June at

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Five policemen to tackle 750 miles across the UK for Rundoonhame 2016

Five policemen to tackle 750 miles across the UK for Rundoonhame 2016

FIVE policemen are preparing to run a combined 750 miles, split into 10km relay legs for 24 hours a day, starting in London and finishing in Edinburgh. The group will snake their way north via Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast and Dumfries before they reach the Scottish capital. The team plan to coincide their arrival with the start of the Edinburgh Marathon on the morning of 29th May, which they will complete as the final leg of this incredible journey.

The policemen will be raising money for Care of Police Survivors (COPS) and Cash for Kids.

Adam Watret, one of the five policemen described the team’s emotions as “nervous and a little apprehensive” as they try to squeeze their training and logistical planning in around work in these last few weeks. Nevertheless there were traces of excitement as Adam looked ahead to the final leg of the journey in Edinburgh:

“I can’t think of a more fitting finish to our capital city challenge than the Edinburgh Marathon, it will be great to return to our home city and welcome the support from the crowds. You won’t be able to miss us in our yellow Run Doonhame vests!”

“…I think the legs and bodies will be a tad tender by the time we reach the start line of the Edinburgh Marathon and there will be a lot of mixed emotions, but our determination to complete the challenge will not wane. We’re running for two great charities, one of which is particularly close to our hearts and that will continue to drive us on.”

If you’ve been inspired by the Rundoonhame challenge and want to donate to the cause, you can do so at this link:

Entries for this year’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival, taking place on 28/29 May, close at 5pm on Wednesday 4th May. Enter here.

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Inverclyde college worker goes extra mile for charity at Edinburgh Marathon

Inverclyde college worker goes extra mile for charity at Edinburgh Marathon

Corinne ForresterA COLLEGE worker is going the extra mile in memory of a dear friend who died of cancer.

Corinne Forrester is gearing up for the Edinburgh Marathon in May to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The 46-year-old was inspired to undertake the challenge after losing her pal Allan Keen, to bowel cancer four years ago.

Corinne said: “This is a follow on from the last time I did the marathon two years ago and raised £2,500 for Bowel Cancer UK.

“Macmillan nurses looked after Allan in his final days and they do such a fantastic job.”

Corinne is an extended learning support advisor at West College Scotland and lives in Inverkip with her husband Darren and their 13-year-old son Lewis.

Both her husband and Allan were Regmental Sergeant Majors in the army.

She said: “Darren was a career soldier and Allan was in the army too. He was 51 when he died.

“I think the race is a good way to raise awareness.

“Allan was just 48 when he was diagnosed. I don’t think people should need to wait until the age of 50 before they are screened for bowel cancer. People should be screened earlier without a doubt.”

Corinne has always been a runner but Allan’s story inspired her to complete her first marathon in Edinburgh in 2014.
She said: “It was a fantastic sense of achievement, although I had very sore legs.

“I was just in awe of everyone who donated to the charity. They say, ‘You’re the one who is running the race’ – but if it wasn’t for people’s generosity, we wouldn’t be able to raise that kind of money.”

Corinne is also holding a ladies’ night at Inverkip Church Hall on May 6. This will include a disco, karaoke and games, with all proceeds going to the charity.

She is taking part in the race on May 26. Anyone who wants to make a donation should visit

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Darvel man gets set to run four races at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in big charity push

Darvel man gets set to run four races at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in big charity push

Gavin Thomson is running the four races in memory of his aunt who passed away from Motor Neurone Disease in December 2013.

A Darvel man is gearing up to run four races at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival later this year. And he needs your help to spur him on as he challenges the four distances for MND Scotland.

Gavin Thomson is running the four races in memory of his aunt who passed away from Motor Neurone Disease in December 2013. Now the 28-year-old, who says he was “very close” to his aunt Janette, wants to do everything he can to help families dealing with the horrible disease. Store manager Gaving told the Standard: “I was very close to my aunt. It was just me, my mum and my older sister Nicola, so Janette was more like a second mum to me than an aunt. “My family are very close knit. Janette’s four children are like brothers and sisters to me. Last year we all took part in MND Scotland’s Fun Run in Strathclyde Park. “It was a great day and we all felt like we were able to do something in memory of Janette. This time I want to push myself.”

On May 28 Gavin will take part in the 5km and 10km disciplines before taking a short rest and running the half and full marathon the next day. So much for a lazy Sunday. MND is a terminal illness which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles, which can cause someone to lose the ability to walk, eat, speak and breathe unaided. Gavin’s aunt, from Kilmarnock, lost her battle with MND at 58, just 14 months after she was first diagnosed. “When she was diagnosed in October 2012 her condition progressed rapidly and by the following March she was wheelchair bound,” brave Gavin added. “She had arthritis in her hands, so when her leg started giving her trouble she assumed it was the arthritis, and it took her a while to get it checked out. “Towards the end Janette lost her voice and MND Scotland was a huge help.

The charity loaned her their eye gaze equipment to help her communicate. “She would use her eyes to select letter on an on-screen keyboard and the computer would then read out what she had written. This really helped her stay connected to her family and friends right up until the end.” Money raised goes towards helping the charity continue to support people affected by the disease, as well as fund research into this devastating illness. Iain McWhirter, head of fundraising and volunteering at MND Scotland, said Gavin’s efforts were “really appreciated”. He added: “We provide support for people across Scotland who are living with MND, and their families. “Our services include one-to-one counselling, benefits advice, complementary therapy and our communications equipment loan service.”

A bi-monthly support group is held at the Gailes Hotel, Irvine, with the next meeting on May 11 at 12.30pm For more, contact Dawn Hamilton on 0141 332 3903 or email [email protected] Of his challenge, Gavin said: “Sunday will be a challenge because I have to complete the half marathon in 1.5 hours to make it back in time for the start of the full marathon. “Training has been going well so I’m really looking forward to it.”

You can donate to Gavin’s JustGiving page here:

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Runner inspired by puppy power is ready to become a marathon man

Runner inspired by puppy power is ready to become a marathon man

An Angus man whose dog helped inspire him to lose nine stone has set his sights on the Edinburgh Marathon. Robert Fleming, 30, from Forfar, shed almost half his body weight and now feels confident enough to tackle the gruelling 26-mile challenge.

“I always dreamed of running a full marathon but I never thought I would be able to do it because of my size,” he said. “Losing weight has helped me gain so much confidence and I took part in my first half-marathon last year to celebrate. “I have been attending a group called Penumbra and their support has helped me to get where I am and I now feel ready to do this.” 

Penumbra is an innovative Scottish mental health charity which provides a wide range of services to offer hope and practical steps towards recovery. Robert suffered with depression after leaving school before starting his weight loss journey in 2012 when he was 20st 3lb. He also experienced heart pains but it was the death of his dog, Max, to old age which encouraged him to try to turn his life around. Within a few months Robert had lost four stone but he suffered a setback and put the weight back on again.

In 2013 he got a new dog and his black labrador, Tiki, was responsible for helping him get his life back on track. He walked Tiki four times a day and the weight started to drop off as he changed his diet, joined the gym and got a new bike. Robert was a full-time carer for his mum but she is now getting more support and he is able to look for a job. He is looking to raise £500 to take part in the marathon which takes place at the end of May. Robert wants to continue to inspire other people who are suffering with their weight to make changes in their lives for the better

He said it is easy for people to fall into the trap but believes it is “just about education and knowing what is good and what is bad”.

The Edinburgh Marathon is Scotland’s most popular marathon and takes place on May 29. He is running for Prostate Cancer UK and his fundraising page is

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EMF Predicted Time Deadline
EMF 2016 Predicted Time Deadline – Sunday 20th March

EMF 2016 Predicted Time Deadline – Sunday 20th March

Edinburgh Marathon Festival runners have got until Sunday 20th March at midnight to get their predicted times and correct address information into their My Details accounts. EMF 2016 runners have been urged to be as specific as possible when entering their predicted times to make sure they get the best suited position for themselves on the start line.

These details CANNOT be changed after the deadline. Edinburgh Marathon Festival runners can edit their predicted time in ’My Events’ under ’Alter Entry’.

Visit your My Details account here –

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