A family from Comrie is on track to raise almost £1000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Graham (28), Jamie (21) and Elaine (32) Henry have been taking part in the Marcothon. Described as “festive fun for nutters” the personal challenge was to run three miles every day for the whole of December.
Graham told the Herald: “Between us, I think we’ve lost nearly two stone and I think we’re all feeling much, much fitter for it. The thought of running for three minutes, never mind three miles, never crossed my mind before we did this, and I am now a convert.
“There have been a few times that I’ve wanted to give up, but I always wanted to complete it, because it’s a great cause that we all believe in, so that’s kept us going through the horrible weather, the aching legs and injuries.”
“Jamie and Elaine originally had the idea to do the Marcothon - which is named after the guy that invented it - and asked if I wanted to join in.
“It’s been massively hard to do - none of us were seasoned runners before this, though Elaine, who is a PE teacher, and Jamie, who is a lifeguard and a firefighter, have active jobs which I think helped, but we’ve all been spending most of our time moaning about having to run at all times.
“The three miles a day, or 25 minutes, of solid running sounded much easier to do than it actually is - it feels relentless and it was sometimes a real challenge to get out and do three miles in the rain, wind and, one time, driving sleet. Sometimes I was finishing work after 10pm and then having to rush home to fit in the run before the midnight deadline and became used to running past people heading into town for a night out.
“Christmas Day was a particular corker - dragging ourselves out to run around the Comrie countryside when most people were lounging about in pyjamas was a bit heartbreaking.”
Graham now lives in Cardiff where he works as a journalist for the Western Mail so the siblings agreed to post their progress through running apps on Facebook to make sure they were all doing their allotted three miles.
Any charity can be chosen when doing the Marcathon and Pancreatic Cancer UK is one close to the trio’s heart.
Their dad Allan Henry died, aged 64 in January 2010, after a two-year battle with the disease, and their granddad, Lord William Hughes, died on December 31, 1999, aged 88, six weeks after he was diagnosed.
Graham added: “Both our dad and our granddad died of pancreatic cancer, and very few people survive it in the long-term, so any money we can raise towards it is welcome.”
Graham, Elaine and Jamie’s Just Giving page is still open at http://www.justgiving.com/elaine-henry2.