One of the best known faces on the Fife athletics circuit is making a return to marathon running, for a poignant mix of personal reasons.
Main motivation for George Findlay – veteran runner, young people’s coach and former teacher at Glenwood High – is to raise money for a leading cancer charity.
The retired geography teacher will also be marking 30 years of dedicated athletic participation when he lines up for the Edinburgh Marathon this Sunday.
George (57) is seeking to gather money for Cancer Research UK, in memory of two good friends and former teaching colleagues.
Oriane Evans and Linda Miller, both of Glenrothes, each passed away from cancer within the last few months.
George, of Anstruther, hopes to raise at least £1000 for the cause and has created a Just Giving page.
He has immersed himself back in training for long-distance events, after a lengthy rest from marathon running.
“I’ve been using the time in different ways – I’ve been running more, and I’ve been able to keep injury-free,” he said.
It’s 30 years since George took part in his first marathon – also at Edinburgh – after years of playing amateur football as his main health and fitness pursuit.
His last marathon was in New York in 1999, although since then he has taken part in 10K runs and the occasional half marathon.
This year’s event in the capital will also be the first 26-mile run he’s tackled in his 50s.
George spent 17 years as a teacher at Glenwood High School in Glenrothes, where he was principal teacher of geography.
He also worked at Kirkland and Buckhaven High Schools, with additional spells in Dundee and Inverkeithing.
To support George, you can visit his page at justgiving.com/George-Findlay.
Recognition of athletic services
GeorgeFindlay was recently named as runner-up in an East Fife Sports Council award ceremony for services to local sport.
He’s currently leader of Anstruther’s JogScotland group, Anster Allsorts – so called because it has all sorts of runners.
George is also coach of the junior running group at the Waid Centre. Along with his brother Alex, plus Jim Harris, Alan Nairn and Allan Gibson, he helped create the Anster Haddies running club in 1989. It now has around 70 members and is arranging a series of events to celebrate its 25th anniversary.