Bus driver John running on time for cancer care

John Allan next to George Wylllie's famous running clock in Glasgow
John Allan next to George Wylllie's famous running clock in Glasgow

A Bishopbriggs bus driver who has completed more than 100 marathons has added another run to his belt – and boosted funds for charity.

John Allan, a driver with First Glasgow, took on the gruelling Great North Run in Newcastle last weekend.

Despite having an ankle injury, he completed the course in an impressive two hours 13 minutes.

So far, the 57-year-old has raised more than £500 for Prostate Cancer UK from the half-marathon.

Self-confessed fitness 
addict, John, who spent 11 years in full-time service with the Territorial Army, has completed the London marathon five times, along with two 
ultra-marathons (36 miles compared with 26.2 miles) and once ran a relay from John O’Groats to Lands’ End.

He says the secret to his success is running little and often, using the gym provided at his work.

John said: “I’ve ran since my days in the military. Back then we used to run a marathon every week.

“Now it’s a way to keep fit and active, particularly when I’m sitting down for most of the day at work. Of all the runs I’ve taken part in, this one is the most important for me as a way to raise awareness about the risks and symptoms of prostate cancer among men and vital funds.”

Margaret Mayer, Business Director for First Glasgow, said: “John is a fantastic advocate for the business and regularly encourages others to keep fit, particularly among drivers who have quite a sedentary job.

“His colleagues were all right behind hime and First Glasgow will be looking to match what John raises as Prostate Cancer UK is its charity of choice and the firm hopes to raise £1million over the next three years.”

As part of a three-year partnership, representatives from the cancer charity have been staging awareness sessions at depots, canteens and offices across First’s operating area and handing out information on signs, symptoms and risks of prostate cancer.

For more info on the charity, visit prostatecanceruk.org/