Among the tens of thousands of competitors involved in the upcoming capital marathons in London and Edinburgh, one runner is taking part for a very specific reason. Paisley-born David Mathers is running both for Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland, a charity he has shown an unwavering commitment to since losing his father to the disease in 2006.
With London marathon little more than a month away, support worker David has organised several fundraising events in the hope of reaching his £2,500 target. Next week will see him put his bakery skills to the test with a cake sale at his local circuit class. In the lead-up to his first marathon, David is taking his fundraising to the tracks with a race night at Glasgow Ski Centre.
Even though he has completed the Great Scottish Run on 10 occasions, David, 25, isn't taking his capital challenge lightly: "As a support worker, my training revolves around shift-work. I've recently hit 18 miles during a long run but I want to be confident I can cope with the two races coming in such a short period of time."
On raising money for MS Society Scotland, David told scottishrunningguide.com: "Running has become an important thing in my life and the fundraising is sort of a journey too." He continues: "I lost my Dad to MS in 2006 and since then I've been determined to raise money and make people aware of a disease which effects over 100,000 people in the UK."
To donate to David's Edinburgh and London marathon challenge, you can visit his justgiving page.