Following on from the success of last year’s Bike For Mike 130-mile cycle ride, Milngavie optician Alan Arnott is undertaking a new challenge.
He is going to raise money for MND Scotland – running the New York Marathon on November 2 in memory of his brother Mike, who died of Motor Neurone Disease two years ago aged just 46, and he left a young family behind.
Coincidentally, Alan will also be 46 when he runs the marathon.
He said: “I’ve been running properly on and off for about 10 years now and have run a couple of marathons and several halves, but New York has always been at the top of my list.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned from Mike’s illness, it’s to make the most of what you have, while you still have it, which is why I decided to run the New York marathon now.”
Although he freely admits he’s found the training tough going, having run over 400 miles so far, he said: “Any time I’m struggling, or something hurts, I just think of what Mike went through, and that inspires me to keep going.”
Alan’s hoping to raise as much money as possible for MND Scotland, which is the only charity in Scotland to provide care, support and information for people affected by Motor Neurone Disease.
The charity also provides funds for much-needed research into the illness.
Alan added: “although the Ice Bucket Challenge was fantastic at raising funds and awareness of MND, we’re still in a position where we don’t know the cause and there is no cure.
“So for the 130 people who will be diagnosed with MND in Scotland this year, there is still no light at the end of the tunnel. I hope that by continuing to raise money and awareness, we’ll be able to change that.”
If you would like to donate, drop into Alan Arnott Eyecare in Douglas Street Milngavie, or search Alan Arnott at www.justgiving.com
For more information go to www.mndscotland.org.uk