Rock ‘n’ roll marathon effort is music to charity’s ears

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Rothesay woman Zara Kane has raised more than £500 for Calum’s Cabin by taking part in the Edinburgh Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon.

Zara crossed the finish line in the city’s Holyrood Park two hours and 29 minutes, raising £547.30 for the local charity - a total set to rise further thanks to donations made via Zara’s JustGiving page (click on the link to the right of this article), which will remain open until mid-July.

The Edinburgh race represented the European debut for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, which originated in the US and combines competitive road running with live entertainment, with live bands stationed at each mile along the route.

Bands on the bill at the Edinburgh event included Hitchcock Blonde, Millsyeck, The Detours, Red 2 Red, Japan Four, Cow Cow Boogie, Jacky Forty Feet, The Deadly Winters, Robbie Reay and The Killer Cats, The Asps, hip hop act Stanley Odd and indie band Dolalay.

Almost five thousand entrants, from 35 countries and 42 US states, took part in the race, which was won by Portuguese athlete Leonar Carniero in a time of one hour, 16 minutes and five seconds.

Said Zara: “I would like to thank all my sponsors, the Speirs family for their support and HeroTSC for holding a dress down day to help raise funds.

“My JustGiving page is still active for anyone who would like to donate and will remain active until July 15.”

Congratulations Zara!