Fife man’s half marathon run in a kilt smashes first fundraising target

A Fife man is set to run a half marathon miles in a kilt, covering the same distance at the same time as his sister south of the border.

Sunday, 9th May 2021, 7:36 pm

Mark and Christie Thomson are raising funds for sight loss charity RNIB - and have already smashed their initial target of £400.

Mark, 33, from Strathmiglo, persuaded Christie to pair up with him to do RNIB's annual Marathon Mates challenge.

It encourages supporters to share a marathon-length challenge - be it running, walking, cycling, swimming or whatever - with someone else.

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Mark Thomson

This can be done alongside each other - with social distancing - or as a virtual pair.

Neither Mark or Christie have run a marathon before, but they have completed the Three Peaks challenge climbing the highest mountain in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24 hours in 2017.

He said: “I was actually out running when I heard about the project.

"An advert came on my Spotify playlist and caught my interest. We are keen runners and hill-walkers, and have been looking to do another project together for years.

"We have actually reached our £400 target," he says, "so I will be going through with the outlandish promise I make at the end of the video - to wear a kilt for my run. But we're hoping to get the funds raised up to £500."

Mark, a writer for the last 15 years, recently passed his initial assessment for the British Army and hopes to join the Parachute Regiment.

He writer under the pen name Mark Pajak.