22 Mar

Scot Takes On Capital Challenge

David Mathers

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.