Glenrothes dad set to run 10k every day this month for brain tumour charity
A new dad from Glenrothes is taking on the 310-kilometre challenge this month to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity.
Blair Smart (28), has chosen the charity as his mum, Brenda, suffers from a spinal tumour, and he wants to give something back after all the support his family has received over the years.
He said: “They have helped my mum so much over the years.
Brenda was diagnosed with an inoperable tumour in the year 2000 when Blair was just was eight years-old.
He said: “She has battled on and never moaned about it. She has always been there for myself and my sisters – she’s my hero!”
Blair said his mum goes to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh every few months for check ups to make sure everything is alright, adding: “You would never know anything was wrong with her as she takes it all in her stride.”
The new dad, who is originally from Kirkcaldy, lives with his fiance, Christy, and his six-month-old daughter Millie, and he is no stranger to raising cash for good causes.
He completed the National Three Peaks Challenge last year, where he climbed Britain’s three highest peaks, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours.
He said: "As I’m currently furloughed from my job as a class instructor at Michael Woods Leisure Centre, I thought that I would challenge myself with running 10k everyday this month.
"I plan on mixing up the routes to keep it interesting, differing between road and trail running, and I plan on updating my Facebook page and JustGiving page with the route I have taken to show everyone who has donated how I’m doing.
"I’m only two days into the challenge and I’ve already made £1400, but hopefully I can raise nearer to £2000 by the end of the month – I don’t really have a target, I’m just trying to raise as much as I can.
“I’m not much of a runner, but before lockdown I was running five kilometres at football training and have worked up to 10k so now I feel more in my comfort zone.
"It’s early days yet, but so far I feel confident about it, and all the messages of support have really spurred me on.”