As well as sharing a name with one of Scotland’s greatest writers, Alistair Gray is running the West Highland Way race on 18 June for a cause that would do the Lanark author proud. The 33-year-old civil engineer is taking part in the 95-mile event to raise money for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)’s 'talking books' service.
Alistair explained: "It's not the 95 miles that worries me but the 53 before breakfast! My friend challenged me to do something extraordinary so I thought running 95 miles over the West Highland Way would fit the bill. I saw it as an opportunity to raise money for RNIB Scotland. Sight loss is something close to my heart as my Aunt Barbara has been blind since losing her sight following complications from an accident in her childhood. She now has no vision at all."
Though Alistair has been running marathons and ultra marathons for several years, the race presents his longest distance yet. He will line up against 200 participants in Milngavie, from where he will run through some of Scotland's most spectacularly rugged scenery, taking in the banks of Loch Lomond and Rannoch Moor before finishing in Fort William.
Alistair is hoping to complete the distance in around 20 hours. He is selling advertising space on his running kit and already has a major sponsor on board; MHB Consultants, Glasgow.
To donate to Alistair’s cause, visit his Just Giving page.