A Kirkcaldy man is pulling on his running shoes to raise money for charity.
Niall Russell (43), media volunteer at Raith Rovers Football Club, is set to travel to Brighton to take part in the annual marathon this weekend to raise funds for two groups that are close to his heart.
Niall made the late decision to turn his marathon feat into a fundraiser but knows that it was the right thing.
“I always knew that I was running the marathon but hadn’t considered raising money for charity in the process,” Niall said.
“The two charities that I’ve chosen are Pancreatic Cancer UK and the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.
“My father, Robert, passed away from the disease in July of last year.
“I want to not only raise funds for the charity but also raise awareness for this aggressive form of cancer.
“The Sick Kids Friends Foundation will also benefit from funds raised.
“My son William and nephew Charlie Shaw both benefitted from the excellent care given by Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital early on in their lives, for which we are all extremely grateful.
“I want to show that appreciation by donating half of the proceeds of my marathon run.”
The dad-of two is no stranger to taking part in marathons and wants to take it into double figures.
“This weekend’s event marks my eighth marathon. I’ve taken part in ones in Dublin, London, Hamburg and also in Edinburgh.
“I want to do 10 before I stop and hopefully combine the final one with a holiday!”
“It is hard to find the time to train sometimes especially with two young kids.
“I am quite fit anyway but with a marathon coming up, you do have to push yourself that little bit further.
“My route of choice at the moment is once around Loch Leven which is just over 12 miles and I can do that in about two hours. I’ve also been out collecting sponsors with people just being so generous.
“I’ve raised over £250 from family and friends which is great and will go a long way to helping the charities out which is really important to me.”
To support Niall, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com