Falkland man’s triple marathon challenge

1111003 SSHC lyle kilbane 'Lyle Kilbane at home in Falkland - Lyle is running three marathons for The Stroke Association charity

1111003 SSHC lyle kilbane 'Lyle Kilbane at home in Falkland - Lyle is running three marathons for The Stroke Association charity

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MOST people would consider running one marathon as enough of a challenge, but a young Falkland man has set himself an even tougher target.

Lyle Kilbane has signed up to tackle three of the country’s biggest events, kicking off on April 17 with the Virgin London Marathon.

The 22-year-old said he has always wanted to do something for charity after he lost his dad, John, to a stroke in 1996.

“So, I thought why not do a marathon?, he said.

“But then I thought that given the difficult economic climate, I would need to do something more; something really challenging to raise enough money and I hit on the idea of doing three in a year.”

Lyle said he isn’t a runner as such, but is really enjoying training in Falkland and the surrounding area and is quietly confident he can achieve his goal.

“I am enjoying the running and I’m looking forward to the London Marathon,” he said.

“It will be a great experience.”

After that Lyle, who lives with mum Patricia, is set to take on the Edinburgh Marathon on May 22 and then the gruelling Great North Run in Newcastle in September.

“My friend Daniel has said he’ll do the Edinburgh Marathon with me, which will be good,” said Lyle.

“I’ve had great support in the village and at work at Asda in Kirkcaldy; everyone has seemed quite impressed that I’m taking this on and hopefully it’ll help me raise a lot of money for the Stroke Association.”

Lyle’s mum has also been busy trying to drum up support.

Earlier this month she held a charity lunch in Falkland community hall raising £330 and has also been helping him distribute sponsor sheets throughout the village.

Lyle added: “I know times are hard so I’m not expecting people to give me loads of money; even if everyone gave £1 it would help a great deal.

“I can claim Gift Aid on each donation and this can make a huge difference to the total raised.

“I’m grateful to everyone for their support.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation online can vist Lyle’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/LyleKilbane