Gillean’s Marathon effort

Gillean Keith, of Banchory, tackled the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday May 31, her first wedding anniversary, to raise funds for Maggie’s, finishing the event in 4 hours and 44 minutes.

Wednesday, 3rd June 2015, 11:03 am

Gillean chose to support Maggie’s because her dad died of cancer and because her friend Sam, who is running with her, was treated for breast cancer last year. Sam’s husband was best man at Gillean’s wedding to Neil last year, so the two will be keeping each other company while their wives pound the streets of Edinburgh for 26.2 miles.

Gillean said: “I wanted to support a cancer charity and I’ve always thought that Maggie’s Centres look amazing. I recently visited Maggie’s Aberdeen and have seen how lovely and peaceful it is and they offer such good courses for people affected by cancer. I can see how it would really help.”

As a weather forecaster, working at the Met Office in Aberdeen, Gillean had been keeping a close eye on the weather in the week leading up to the marathon.

She said: “I’m pleased with my time. I could have gone faster but where the route turns back towards Edinburgh at about 18 miles into the race we turned into the wind and it was horrendous. It was sweeping you off your feet. But apart from that, the conditions were really good and we had no rain. The atmosphere was fantastic and the support from Maggie’s was amazing. Maggie’s staff and volunteers were there at mile 25 cheering me on and shouting Happy Anniversary! I think I’ve raised nearly £1000 for Maggie’s, and I’m still on a bit of a high!”

Training around Deeside’s hills and castles before the event had “been a pleasure with the beautiful scenery” helping her to keep going.

Susan Sutherland, Centre Head at Maggie’s Aberdeen, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be supporting Gillean with her Edinburgh Marathon challenge. Everyone at Maggie’s sends her the very best of luck and is hugely thankful to Gillean for choosing to support us.”

If you would like to support Gillean, please visit

Built within the grounds of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Maggie’s Aberdeen is a warm and welcoming place, where qualified professionals are on hand to offer an evidence-based core programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support. Our aim is to make the biggest difference we can to people living with cancer and their family and friends.