An 11-year-old schoolboy from St Monans has undertaken a gruelling marathon challenge to raise funds for a local charity.
Colin McKie is running the equivalent of a full marathon over ten days to raise money for the East Neuk Emergency Trust (ENET).
ENET is a charity that helps people who may be experiencing financial difficulties but cannot get help from any other agency.
Their recent cases include helping a grandmother to buy a bed for the granddaughter she looks after full time and paying the bus fares to allow a parent to visit their child in hospital.
Last week Colin started his challenge and has been running an average of 2.7 miles each day on the paths around the East Neuk.
Some of his friends from St Monans Primary have also got involved by running around St Monans common with him and donating 50p each to ENET.
“I am really excited about this 10 day challenge,” said Colin.
“It’s good practice as I think I want to run a real marathon one day and I’m doing it for a good cause because all the money goes to the people who need it - nothing else.”
Colin first took up running when he joined the running club at St Monans Primary School.
He now trains at Waid Academy or with local JogScotland group Anster Allsorts and is a junior member of the Anster Haddies running club.
He has already taken part in the St Andrews park run and the mini tour of Fife which encompasses five races over five nights in different parts of the Kingdom.
“Colin is very dedicated to his running both with the juniors and the Anster Allsorts group,” says coach George Findlay, who has run several marathons himself.
“He is making really good progress, especially over the longer distances like 5K.
“His marathon effort is an ambitious target but I am sure that Colin will complete it and I fully support him in this venture which is for a very worthy cause.”
Colin’s family are fully behind him and the charities he is supporting.
Mum Lucy said: “It’s local and has no overheads so every penny Colin raises will go towards helping someone experiencing some sort of difficulty.
“He loves running and has always been a generous child so a challenge like this is great.”
Colin aims to finish the marathon on May 10 when local MP Menzies Campbell has arranged to meet and congratulate him.
You can follow Colin’s progress online at the facebook page of the East Neuk Emergency Trust and also at Colin’s own website which is at www.colinschallenges.blogspot.co.uk.