Marathon effort against motor neurone disease

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A Deeside woman got her running shoes on to raise £1577 for charity, when she took part in the famous Edinburgh Marathon on May 26.

Tanya McDonald, of Banchory, took part in the Scottish capitol’s premier endurance race in memory of her friend Pauline’s father, James Robertson, who died of motor neurone disease this time last year.

Motor neurone diseases (MND) are a group of disorders that affect motor neurones, the cells that control voluntary muscle activity including speaking, walking, swallowing, and general movement of the body.

They are generally progressive in nature, and cause increasingly debilitating disability and, eventually, death.

The disease is a rare condition that affects around two in every 100,000 people in the UK every year.

There are about 5000 people living with MND in the UK at any one time.

MND Scotland, Tanya’s chosen charity is the only Scottish charity dedicated to people with motor neurone and provides a wide range of services and information, as well as funding research into curing the affliction.

Tanya decided to do whatever she could for the charity after Pauline’s father died aged 61 last July, and saw the marathon as a challenge worthy of the cause.

She said: “When a friend loses a family member it’s very personal and you want to do what you can to help.”

The community ran with the Lewisville B&B housekeeper’s effort and sponsorship came in from McDonald and Ogston joiners in Banchory, Henderson builders, Oteac alarms and SBS Construction.

Shortly before the May 26 event, Tanya feared she may not be able to take part owing to an ankle injury she sustained in training .

However, she refused to hit the wall and finished the event in good time.

She said: “The first 18 miles were OK...then it was pretty tough.”