Sporting legends support Fife-based technician's MND run
A Glenrothes-based Scottish Ambulance Service technician has organised a charity run from Stirling Castle to Edinburgh Castle to raise awareness of Motor Neuron Disease (MND) after losing his dad to the disease.
Gregor Miller, based at Glenrothes Station, set up the Castle Crusade run last year and has been in training since October 2020.
The run was originally meant to be held on March 28 but was postponed because of Covid. It has been rescheduled for May 23, with safety precautions in place.
Joining the Crusade are Ryan Stevenson, Colin Cameron, Simon Ramsden, Tam McManus, referee Willie Conquer and Scott Hastings. Gregor is hoping to confirm more sporting legends to join the event.
Gregor is raising money for My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, MND Scotland and the Euan Macdonald Centre. Gregor lost his dad, Campbell Miller, to MND two years ago. MND is a progressive degenerative disease of the motor neurones in the brain and wasting of the muscles which affects people of all ages. Campbell was a police officer, serving the Alloa and Falkirk areas during his time on the force.
Gregor (49) said: “My inspiration for this event has come from losing my dad to this disease. My dad was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in May 2017 and passed away in 2019.
“He was a keen sportsman and played football for the police and in later life, until his diagnosis, played golf three times a week. Dad only realised he had a problem when he could no longer grip a golf club. As you could imagine this hit him hard.”
With current Covid restrictions, unfortunately the public will not be able to take part in the run. At any one time, only four people will be running the route. Gregor and Ryan Stevenson will be running the entire 40 miles while the other two slots will be the sporting legends dipping in and out every four miles. They will only do one four mile leg. All participants will complete a lateral flow test before they run and will check temperatures, ensuring there are no signs of Covid.
Gregor has set up a page where people can donate, and people can also visit his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. To find out more about the fundraiser or to make a donation, visit the webpage – tinyurl.com/4ex7jdzd.