Pounding the streets in memory of Stuart

Family and Friends of Stuart Duncan run 5K as a memorial to him and also as a fundraiser for Chest Heart & Stroke charity.All pictures by Steven Brown Photography.
Family and Friends of Stuart Duncan run 5K as a memorial to him and also as a fundraiser for Chest Heart & Stroke charity.All pictures by Steven Brown Photography.

A memorial road race held in Glenrothes has been declared a fantastic success by the family of the man it honoured.

Runners and friends from across the region came together in memory of keen Fife athlete Stuart Duncan, who passed away in April after suffering a cardiac arrest, before hitting the road for a special 5K race through Glenrothes on Tuesday evening.

Stuart’s wife Margaret, who along with her son Ross and daughter Nicola, also joined runners, told the Gazette she had been overwhelmed by the kindness shown by those taking part.

“It was a wonderful way to remember Stuart doing the very thing he enjoyed and it was wonderful to see so many take part,” she said.

The event, which was organised by local postman and fellow road runner Paul Roarty, proved to be so popular with athletic clubs that it had to be expanded to accommodate more participants with over a hundred eventually pounding the streets.

The evening also raised over £300 for charity but more importantly proved that there was enough support to make it an annual event.

“So many more people contacted us to say they would have liked to take part and hopefully next year we can put the planning in place to do just that,” said Margaret.

“That would allow us to do more for the charity Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland who we support .”

Paul Roarty, the man responsible for organising the event said he was pleased everything went without a hitch and confirmed plans would be made to run the event annually.

“It’s aimed at being fun as well as competitive and people certainly seemed to enjoy the evening so why not run it every year?” said Paul.