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Sunday, 18 April 2021
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Lanark runner takes 12 marathon challenge in his stride for sick children

A dedicated runner from Lanark has set himself the mammoth challenge of covering the distance of 12 marathons in 12 months for a cause close to his heart. 

Greig Muir, alongside his trusty companion Monty the Cocker Spaniel, is tackling a tough 314 miles (506 kilometres) this year to raise funds for children and young people at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC).

His charity challenge is raising funds for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC) – the official charity of the RHSC. Greig was made aware of the charity’s work this year when a 10-year-old family member was diagnosed with liver cancer and needed a transplant, resulting in a prolonged stay in hospital.

Greig will cover the full distance by running 10 kilometres a week, every week of 2021. In just two months, he is well on his way to smashing his target of £1200, having already raised over 60%.

He said:

“Unfortunately, there have been some complications with our young family member’s liver transplant, and he is still in hospital. I know how much ECHC has supported him and his family during this hard time, and I felt I wanted to do something to give back.

“The constant running will take its toll on my old legs. However, just knowing what some kids go through each day will keep me going.

“ECHC has done amazing work through the toughest year imaginable. All charities have suffered this past year with a fall in donations due to the pandemic, and I really feel I want to do all I can to assist this charity.”

Victoria Buchanan, from ECHC, said:

“We are so grateful to Greig for choosing ECHC as his charity to fundraise for throughout this year. He has raised an incredible amount in just two months, and we would like to say an enormous thank you to him for taking on such a mammoth challenge. Running the distance of one marathon is tough enough, never mind 12!

“It is the generosity of amazing supporters like Greig that has enabled us to continue our vital work of ensuring children and young people have a positive hospital experience throughout the pandemic.

“We applaud Greig (and Monty!) for their strong legs and even stronger hearts and wish them the very best of luck with the rest of their challenge.”

To help in supporting Greig’s fundraising this year, you can help by donating to support him.

ECHC believes that nothing should get in the way of being a child and works to make sure children and young people’s lives are less interrupted by illness. It distributes around £1.5 million per year to support the RHSC and other children’s healthcare settings across Scotland.

To find out how you can get involved and help support children and young people in hospital, please visit: https://echcharity.org/.

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