18 Oct

The Perfect Blend

Running and whisky will come together at Saturday’s (21 October) Dramathon. Participants have the choice of marathon, half marathon, 10k and relay in what promises to be an exciting day of running followed by a post-race party.

The Dramathon is a marathon distance race along the Speyside Way from Glenfarclas distillery to Glenfiddich distillery. The route takes in several distilleries along the route each offering a whisky experience to ignite your senses. By getting stamped at each participating distillery you can pick up the corresponding miniatures at the end of the race.

The route uses mainly forest tracks with some occasional short sections on minor roads and some hilly terrain.

Gillian Pirie is taking part in the race in memory of family friend, Mary Thomson, who she describes as her “second mother.” Mary passed away in September 2015, after living with Motor Neurone Disease for over four years, although she only received a definite diagnosis six months before her death.

‘When I signed up for the Dramathon I had no plan to fundraise, just a challenge to push myself after the birth of my son Finlay. But using my old training routes along the Speyside Way had me reminiscing about our times in "The Mean Green Machine" - which was Mary and (her husband) Brian's campervan,” Gillian explained.

“That was when it hit me; I should do this for Mary, for MND Scotland. It made perfect sense that she would be with me for this and support me one last time.”

Further information on the Dramathon can be found on their website.