Marathon effort from Torphins runner in Dublin

Ian on his marks
Ian on his marks

A Torphins has put on his running shoes and run 26 miles through Dublin, raising over £1,000 for charity.

Ian MacIntosh, a sales manager at Aberdeen-based DF Communications, completed the Irish marathon and brought in £1,355 for Whizz-Kidz – exceeding his initial target of £1,000.

The charity provides mobility equipment for disabled children the length and breadth of the UK and helps them to lead independent lives.

Although he completed the gruelling challenge in a personal best time of five hours and four minutes, Ian’s preparation was hampered by injuries in the final weeks before the event.

Ian said: “My preparation for the marathon was going extremely well until a late injury disrupted the amount of training I could manage in the lead up to the event. Although I would have liked to beat the five hour mark, this setback has made me more determined to take part in another marathon in the near future.

“It’s a tremendous feeling to have been able to raise so much for a great cause like Whizz-Kidz. Hopefully my contribution will go some way towards supporting them continue their excellent work helping handicapped children lead independent lives.”

Ian was born and raised in Torphins and still lives in the town with his wife Donna and their three children – 15-year old Cameron, 13-year old Fraser and 10-year old Nairne,

This latest race was Ian’s third taste of a marathon, having completed the Edinburgh and Loch Ness versions in recent years. Earlier this year, he completed endurance race the Whole Hog, the Run Balmoral 10km and the Crathes Half Marathon as part of his preparation.