BEARSDEN husband and wife duo, Alan and Emma Blair broke a Guinness World Record at the London Marathon and also raise almost £3,000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) group following the tragic sudden death of a close relative.
Engineer Alan (29) and Emma an architect (31), ran dressed as a large foam heart and nurse, with Alan getting the record for the Fastest Marathon by a Mascot (Male), and his wife breaking the record for Fastest Marathon in a Nurses Uniform.
To break the record, Team Blair as they called themselves, had to be over the finish line in under four hours - no mean feat given in 2011 only 27 per cent of London Marathon runners broke four hours.
The couple took part in this challenge in memory of Alan’s brother Steven Blair of Millport, Isle of Cumbrae.
Steven tragically lost his life to an undetected heart condition in February 2012 at the age of just 31. Emma said: “With no history of health problems or illness, it came as a complete shock to everyone when Steven’s heart stopped suddenly on the way home from a night out, giving no opportunity for revival.”
And she added: “Sadly, Steven’s case is not as rare as you may think, as it is estimated that in the UK every week 12 fit and healthy” young people die suddenly from undiagnosed heart conditions.”
In 2010 Emma ran her first marathon in London for CRY in memory of Mark Gallacher, her brother’s best friend, who died suddenly in November 2006.
Emma continued: “Six years on another loved one has been taken by a similar unknown heart defect. CRY work hard to prevent such tragedies by screening and conducting further research into young sudden cardiac death and offer bereavement support for those affected - the money raised will go towards continuing their valuable work.”
As members of local athletics club Garscube Harriers, Alan and Emma are no strangers to running and have participated in numerous races before, including two marathons each. For London 2013, the pair intend to run together for the 26.2miles - a challenge in itself given there is a difference of almost an hour between their marathon personal bests.
If you would like to donate or find out more on the couples challenge you can do so at www.virginmoneygiving.com/TeamBlair.
TEAM BLAIR . . . Emma and Alan have raised almost £3,000 for charity.
SADLY MISSED . . . Steven Blair who died suddenly in February last year.