Gillian to run the marathon for charity

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A Donside mum-of-four is to run the London Marathon to raise money for a national children’s charity.

Gillian Watt, of Montgarrie, turns 50 this year and decided to do 50 things she had never done before - one of which was to run the London Marathon.

“This year I am not going to watch it, I am going to run and raise funds for Jeans for Genes,” said Gillian, who teaches at Monymusk School. “This is a charity we have supported at school and I feel it is a very worthwhile cause.

“I have a number of other ‘50 things to do’ including becoming a granny (my first grandchild arrived in February) and climb a few hills I haven’t been up, sleep in a bivvy bag, climb Ben Nevis, race abroad (I have entered Iceland Half Marathon in August), follow in my Grandpa’s footsteps (in June 1932, he and a small group of young men completed six of the biggest peaks in the Cairngorms and broke the record which had stood since 1908! It is 80 years since this happened, beginning at midnight of close to the longest day!) and I have a few musical firsts as well!

“I want to help everyone have a better start in life and that is one of the reasons I have chosen Jeans for Genes.”

Gillian has organised a cabaret and quiz evening at Tullynessle Hall, near Alford, from 7.30pm to 10pm on Saturday, April 14, to raise money for Jeans for Genes.

People will be entertained and have the opportunity to participate in a quiz.

“This is an event that is to become increasingly rare, as the four Leonards set out on their own paths through life!” said Gillian. “The four Leonards are my four children (Lisa, Jessica, Eva and David), who are all of an age where they are flying the nest, with Lisa about to leave to work in the USA and David studying in London.

“As a family we are musical, having once owned a music shop in Inverurie, and have performed many concerts around the Inverurie area over the years.”

She said there would be songs from the shows, original songs written and sung by Lisa, jazzy flute from Gillian, solos from David, Eva, Jessica and Lisa as well as duets and more.

People should take their own liquid refreshments and some snacks will be provided. Cost is £10 per person and quiz teams are four to six people.