Kirkcaldy man hits the streets of London in aid of meningitis charity

Alistair Johnston after completing the 2011 London marathon
Alistair Johnston after completing the 2011 London marathon
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A Kirkcaldy man will be pulling on his running shoes for the second time as he takes part in the London Marathon in April.

Alistair Johnston will be hitting the streets in memory of local boy Gregor Smith.

He hopes to raise £2500 for Meningitis Now, the UK’s largest charity fighting the disease, with the amount raised being added to Gregor’s Forever Fund.

Gregor Smith died from meningitis in 2013, aged only 13 after a 20 hour battle with the disease.

Alistair, who helps run an U16 football who Gregor played for, said: “Running 26.2 miles is a tough challenge in anyone’s book but because I’ve ran it previously, I know what’s coming and I’ve been training hard for it and I’ve made it my goal and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got in Gregor’s honour.

“I wanted to do something to make a difference and there is still time for people to make a donation for a great cause.

“Gregor was maturing into a lovely young man. He had a good nature and was kind hearted. What happened came right out of the blue and has had a profound effect on me.

“I see the pain in his dad’s eyes and want to do something to help. It makes me so thankful as it could just as easily have been my son - there is no discrimination.”

Alistair last took part in the marathon in 2011, and this year he hopes to beat his previous time of four hours.

To sponsor Alistair, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AlistairJohnstonforGregor.

For more information on Meningitis vist www.meningitisnow.org.