Memorable marathon experience

Greg Milne of Methil
Greg Milne of Methil
  • One first-timer
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  • Memorable marathon

A pair of local people represented the spirit of ‘the old and the new’ as they strode out at one of the world’s most iconic running events.

Both raised thousands of poinds for worthy causes in the process of tackling the London Marathon.

Andrew Wright (73), Kingsbarns, just completed his sixth marathon.

Andrew Wright (73), Kingsbarns, just completed his sixth marathon.

For one young entrant, it was his first foray in to marathon running – while for the other, in his 70s, it was his third time in the capital’s athletic showpiece.

Methil man Greg Milne was the pride of his family as he aimed at one of the biggest targets imaginable for his marathon running debut.

Greg (23) completed the course in a time of three hours and eight minutes, while and his overall position, out of over 38,000 people, was a very creditable 2514th.

He started running as a hobby and has entered a number of runs in Scotland.

However, he decided to try and take on a new challenge to get a place at the London event and began training hard after he was accepted.

Greg decided to raise money for Breast Cancer Care, as it was a charity close to his family, and he has gathered over £1600 to date.

Meanwhile, if the recommendation for a long and healthy old age is to keep active and fit, it is advice that Kingsbarns man Andrew Wright has taken to heart.

When he finished the marathon on Sunday in four hours and 48 minutes, it was the latest in a list of running achievements for the 73-year-old.

It was Andrew’s sixth marathon overall, and his third in London.

As well as keeping him in tip top shape, the marathon helped him raise around £4000 for two causes – the Catholic chaplaincy in The Scores, St Andrews, and the Tushinde Children’s Trust, a charity for slum children in Nairobi, Kenya, which was set up by his daughter-in-law.

Andrew, who was a partner in St Andrews accountancy firm Henderson Black until he retired and is still active in public life, including with Madras Rugby Club and StAnza, is treasurer of the Kenyan charity.

The occasion was also very successful for a number of local runners from clubs such as Anster Haddies and Fife Athletics Club, with a number of personal bests posted on the day.