Kirkcaldy man’s marathon effort in memory of friend

Andy Harrow
Andy Harrow

A Kirkcaldy man is in training to run the London Marathon to pay tribute to a friend.

Andy Harrow, a 32-year-old lighting engineer, hopes to raise £2000 for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in memory of Jill Henderson, who passed away in October 2012 aged just 31.

Jill, a non-smoker, died of lung cancer, leaving behind husband Kevin and her two children.

Andy said: “It’s just such a sad story and I want to highlight the work that the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation carries out.

“Jill was a non-smoker but she still got the disease. It’s not just old people who can suffer from it and it seems like a lot more young people are getting it too unfortunately.”

Andy has been in training for the April 13 race over the past five months and said he didn’t realise how much of a challenge it would be.

“I’ve not ran this distance before,” he said. “I started training in October and it’s going well, I kind of suggested running it on a whim but the reality is hitting home now!”

Before the race, Andy and Kevin have organised a race night in Kirkcaldy Golf Club on March 15 to help raise cash towards Andy’s £2000 total.

“We’ve got some great prizes. Kevin and I are just amazed at how generous local businesses have been. There’s so many of them that have been incredibly helpful. It’s been overwhelming.”

Tickets for the race night are £3 and can be bought by calling Andy on 07984 584594.

You can also donate via his fundraising page; http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndrewHarrow1.