A Glasgow man will pay tribute to his late father by running five marathons in five days for five different charities. Joe McCormick’s epic initiative, which will see him run 26.2 miles in Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Perth, Stirling and Glasgow, begins on Monday (7 August) and promises to test his stamina to the limit.
Joe’s father, Peter died after suffering a heart attack at the wheel of his car two days before Christmas last year. Recruitment worker Joe spent eight years living in Aberdeen before he lost his job in the oil and gas industry and decided to return to his native Glasgow.
The 31-year-old is going to be raising money for the British Heart Foundation, Epilepsy Scotland, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Scottish Association of Mental Health and Cancer Research.
Discussing his fundraising efforts, Joe said: “I wanted to do him [his dad] proud and raise money for the British Heart Foundation. However, within months of his passing, we had a series of diagnosis, bad news, and endless bad luck relating to the causes of these charities. From that point, I couldn’t decide what charity meant the most and I thought it would be best to fight for all five of them.
“The run will be starting in Aberdeen and finishing in Glasgow Green. The plan is to run 26.2 miles each day for five days. Aberdeen is the city that gave me a university education, my first proper job, and outstanding friends. Glasgow is where I was born and bred, it is my home, and where I have the most supportive and strong family that you could ever ask for.
“I feel it is time to do the charities and people proud who have been affected and show that these causes affect everyone, no matter what location.”
You can sponsor Joe by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page.