KIRKCALDY girl Kirsty Letham is preparing herself for a punishing schedule of races in the coming months.
The 21-year-old, of Skibo Place, is in training to complete five races varying from a 5 km run to a full marathon – ending with the Edinburgh Marathon in May next year.
And she is doing all the races to raise money for High-5 Maggie’s, continuing her tradition of running in aid of cancer charities.
“My grandad died from cancer when I was just 15, so when I first started running proper races I always did it for cancer charities,” explained Kirsty.
“I took up running to keep fit when I was in high school and before that I did kayaking, so I have always been an active person. I ran my first marathon when I was 18.”
Kirsty decided on High-5 Maggie’s as her chosen charity after visiting the centre and seeing first hand the work carried out by the dedicated staff and volunteers.
She said: “I was amazed to find out how wrong my views were on what Maggie’s actually does and see how important the work is to help not only those who themselves have been diagnosed with cancer but also the vital part they play in helping friends and family through such a hard time too.
“The centre was extremely welcoming and had a very relaxed atmosphere, and it has made me very determined to do this challenge.”
And, if this challenge was not enough for Kirsty, she has planned an even bigger one next summer – a 50 km race.
She explained: “After a year of various injuries, and dependent on how successful training goes this coming winter, I have decided to run a 50K race next year and hope to rope in a few friends to complete the challenge with me.
“For several reasons this year I’ve learnt to appreciate the fact that, regardless of our situation, the chances are there’s someone a hundred times worse off. If taking part in a small challenge such as a 50 km event makes a difference to just one family’s life then the training will have been well worth it.”