A Bearsden cancer scientist is on track to raise more than £5,000 in sponsorship when she competes in her first ever marathon.
Hilary Glen (41) is a consultant medical oncologist at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and will be donning training shoes for the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 31.
Last May the medic started a year long challenge to raise as much money as possible for the newly launched Beatson Cancer Charity and also for Cancer Research UK (CRUK).
The married mother of two young children aged 10 and eight, admitted she was not a natural runner, but felt the urge to do something to improve her fitness as she approached her 40th birthday last year.
“She also wanted to raise money for a good cause.
The doctor said: “I have essentially been taking part in mostly running events and have done four half marathons last year, but also things like Tough Mudder in the Borders. My goal is fast approaching and I am getting a bit nervous.”
Hilary added that she has recorded her progress on a blog that she set up earlier.
She added: “It has all the details of the events I’ve done so far, many of these with my friend Lindsay, who is also aiming for the marathon and what we have planned this year.’’
Hilary said: “I’m naturally a bad runner and didn’t start running until October 2013 when I did half marathon on Tiree.”
Two week’s ago Hilary did a 16 mile run which she was pleased with because she had just recuperated from a series of injuries.
She said: “I’ve had a few injuries to my knees when training for the Glasgow half marathon and had to be rescued from a canal run because it was very sore.”
Hilary has also recorded some ‘vlogs’ where she has recording videos charting the reasons behind her motivations for raising the money.
To donate go to www.first marathonmum.com.