St Andrews father and daughter to run London Marathon in aid of Guide Dogs Scotland

Danny (with retired guide dog Nancie) and Ann (with Danny's current pup in training, six month old Gareth).
Danny (with retired guide dog Nancie) and Ann (with Danny's current pup in training, six month old Gareth).

A father and daughter are set to compete in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, to raise funds for Guide Dogs Scotland.

Danny and Ann Rooney will aim to complete the 26.2 mile course to support the charity’s services for people with sight loss.

This is Ann’s first marathon, while Danny (55) is a veteran of long-distance running and between them the pair have raised just under £4000.

Danny said: “This will be my 36th marathon and I completed my fastest one in 2 hrs 46 min in London in 1989, although that was all a very long time ago!

“I hadn’t done any running for 18 years after some health problems, so I joined my local jogging group StAART, who have helped ease me back into running. Although I have only been back on the road since December I’m happy with how I have improved since then.

“So my only target come April 24 is to ensure that Ann and I make it to the finishing line together and both enjoy the experience.”

While Ann, who used to watch the event on television as a child, never imagined she would one day take part herself – especially with her father by her side.

The 36-year-old said: “The opportunity to run for Guide Dogs came up at short notice so it will be challenging.

“I just want to complete the race and enjoy the whole experience of running the London Marathon.”

The Rooney family are long-standing supporters of the charity, which provides mobility for people across Scotland who are blind and partially sighted.

Danny explained: “I’m running the London marathon for Guide Dogs because as a volunteer puppy walker I am very fortunate to be at the start of the journey that the pups make, from the day they arrive in St Andrews as a seven week old pup, to becoming a fully qualified guide dog.

“I have had pups that have went on to change people’s lives throughout the UK and have also met and worked with some great volunteers and staff across Guide Dogs.”

To support their fundraising efforts visit www.

And they are not the only St Andreans to be running the marathon this weekend, StAART members Gary Ovenstone, Christine Webster, Charlene Dick, Alex Bain and Tone Brennan will be taking part after a busy 2016 of training and fundraising.

They are running to raise cash for the St Andrews-based charity Worldwide Cancer Research.