Banchory man takes on running challenge

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A Banchory man is gearing up to compete in no fewer than five running events to raise money for local charity The Archie Foundation.

Deeside painter and decorator, Barry Chalmers, is busy balancing his day job with intensive training for the succession of sporting events he plans to take part in this year.

Barry’s first challenge will be the Inverness Half Marathon on March 8.

That will then be followed by the Balmoral 10k, the Baker Hughes 10k and the Edinburgh Half Marathon.

The dedicated Deesider will finish off his running circuit with the Beast Race, which takes place in Banchory in September.

Barry’s partner, Jeannie Duthie, said: “We have two kids, both of whom had overnight stays in hospital when they were very small.

‘‘The standard of care at RACH was amazing and we were so thankful for everything that the staff did for us during our short stays there with our kids.

“Barry wants to do his bit, by completing these challenges, to help Archie Foundation and RACH continue to provide an amazing facility for families in Aberdeen and surrounding areas.”

Barry initally started running after Christmas in order to get fit and to stay motivated he entered the Balmoral 10k.

Jeannie said: “We had already planned a family break up to the Loch Ness area and it turned out that we were going to be there on the weekend of the Inverness Half Marathon.

‘‘So, up for the challenge, he decided to take the bull by the horns and go for his first ever half marathon, giving himself just eight weeks to train for it.”

To sponsor Barry Chalmers go to https://www.justgiving.com/Barry-Chalmers/.