STROKE survivor Eric Thomson from Cupar has completed his first marathon - raising vital funds for the Stroke Association.
Eric (48), principal teacher of biology at Bell Baxter High School, ran the Edinburgh Marathon in a fantastic time of four hours 24 seconds, placing 3800th out of 15,000 runners.
“The weather really made the day, despite some strong winds and occasional showers,” he said.
“Not only were the runners like myself enjoying the experience, but the spectators seemed to enjoy the carnival conditions.”
Eric raised around £1100, taking the grand total since he started running to raise money for the Stroke Association three years ago to over £5000.
The charity is close to Eric’s heart after he suffered a massive stroke in 2006 which affected his speech and his movement on the right hand side.
Eric has recovered very well following hard work and intense physiotherapy, and said: “I feel so lucky to be back on my feet doing the things I love doing again and am delighted to be doing all of this for such a worthy cause.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank friends and family who have sponsored and encouraged me over the last three years.
“Without them most of this would never have been possible.
“I will be taking a rest for a while, but will be back running sometime soon!”
Karen Hodgins, fund-raising manager for Scotland at the Stroke Association, said: “Eric is an inspiration and to complete the marathon in that time is an amazing achievement.
“He’s raised a remarkable sum of money and it will make a huge difference to our work.”
Over 50 runners took part in the 2011 Edinburgh Marathon Festival events to raise funds for the Stroke Association, and the charity hopes to have raised over £27,000 across all the events.