Exchange charity cash for a clean car

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In a what has been a great week for Worldwide Cancer Reserach - with Paul Webb’s completion of his 585 day challenge - a team of local St Andrews runners have announced their intention to run the London Marathon for the charity - aiming for the ambitious target of over £15,000.

The team of seven will be determinedly undertaking rigorous training schedules to successfully complete the 26.2 mile race.

They will be raising money for St Andrews based charity Worldwide Cancer Research (formerly known as AICR) which funds research into cancer anywhere in the world.

Far from beginners the seven runners - Gary Ovenstone, Christine Webster, Charlene Dick, Sally Newman-Carter, Jackie Scanlon, Alex Bain and Tone Brennan - are all involved in the local Park Run, STAART and East Fife Tri Clubs.

All of the runners will be taking part in a wide range of fund raising activities, which, buying into the St Andrews Day celebrations, start with a Tartan Car Wash on Saturday, November 28 in Hardies Car Park.

Members of the public will be treated to a sparkling clean car in exchange for a charitable donation.

Dirty cars are asked to turn up between 11am and 3pm at Hardies on Largo Road to take paret in the unique car washing experience!

For more details of the event, visit www.facebook.com/events/516462375179666/

Tone Brennan, St Andrews, was inspired into running when his mother died of cancer at 62.

He wanted to try and give something back to all of the people that cared for her while she was ill, explaining the motivation behind the challenge: “It’s a huge personal and physical challenge for anyone to train for and run a marathon, but doing it as part of a team and raising money for such a worthwhile charity will allow WCR to fund more research and try and make a difference to other people’s lives.

“Cancer affects so many people worldwide that whatever can be done to help research and treatment is important and we’re happy to take on the challenge.

“Over the course of the next five months we’re gong to have lots of fund raising events and activities and we hope that the local businesses and residents will help us in raising money towards our target.”

Anyone can donate by attending one of the events and supporting the team or by visiting their fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/teams/STAARTLondonMarathon

The London marathon, last year had over 37,000 participants and raised over £54.1 million for a wide range of different charities.