IF you’re not used to running in marathons, taking part in two such events in the space of five weeks might be considered brave, to say the least.
But that’s the challenge Rothesay dentist Euan Thomson has set himself after agreeing to take part in the UK’s two biggest marathons this spring in aid of two very worthwhile charitable causes.
Euan will race in the London Marathon on April 22 and the Edinburgh Marathon on May 27 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Prostate Action.
A keen runner and regular participant in local athletic events, Euan hasn’t run a marathon for 15 years, but decided last year to get back into long distance running.
“My father died of prostate cancer a couple of years ago,” he said, “and although his treatment was excellent, I witnessed at first hand the progress of the disease.
“Latterly he received first class care from the Macmillan Cancer support team. In my professional capacity as a dental surgeon, I am aware of a number of patients who are affected by prostate disease and other cancers.
“My aim is to raise awareness of prostate disease in the wider community and to raise money to contribute to research into more effective treatment for this disease.
“My target is £3,000, but I want to raise as much money as possible.”
Donations can be made in person at Bute Dental Surgery in East Princes Street – where Euan’s own patients will note publicity posters stuck to the ceiling as they lie back in the dentist’s chair for treatment! - or online at Euan’s JustGiving web page (click on the link to the right of this article).
“I’m doing a bit more sprint training as part of my routine,” Euan continued.
“I could run a marathon tomorrow in about four hours, but my previous best is three hours and seven minutes.
“I won’t beat that record but if I could break three and a half hours I’d be happy with that. The only way to do that is to up my training – and hope my legs and knees hold out!”