RUNNING a marathon takes something special, but going the distance on eight wheels requires something a little more . . . awesome!
Thanks goodness then for a band of skating sisters and brothers who will be putting their best wheels forward in aid of an excellent cause.
Team Awesome – a group of skating enthusiasts from Glasgow and beyond – have pledged to take on the East Fortune Roller Marathon on August 4.
It’s a special challenge to raise funds for Deafblind Scotland which will see skaters rack up the miles and smiles.
Sara McCann – aka Five Star Sylk – is a rising star for Glasgow Roller Derby (GRD), as well as working at the regular RollerStop discos in Glasgow.
The Bearsden skater said: “It’s going to be awesome! I’m really looking forward to it. It will be good to take on the challenge with people I’ve grown very close to. A lot of these people I didn’t know six months ago and now I can’t imagine my life without them.
“It’s going to be worth it, even just to raise awareness of Deafblind Scotland, which is a great charity.”
Team Awesome was formed in January by rising stars who were part of Glasgow Roller Recruits, the GRD training programme. They decided to ask some of the male skaters who shine for the Mean City (Glasgow) and Jakey Bites (Scotland) teams to take part with them.
That includes Mean City captain BruiseDog – aka Jazza Crawford – who completed the full 26 miles last year, plus one more, in memory of a dear departed friend.
Meanwhile, Whyte & MacDie – Jim Whyte – will also take part. He skates for teams all over Scotland and recently joined the European men’s team, The Expendables.
Sylk (30) is encouraging everyone to sign up for the East Fortune Roller Marathon. To add to the difficulty she and Jim will be taking part wearing one quad skate and one roller blade!
Carol Anne McMahon, resources manager at Deafblind Scotland, is also a member of the GRD and will be pulling on her skates.
She said: “On the day when you’ve got all the skaters and the crowd cheering you on it will be such an amazing atmosphere.”
Also taking part are:
Sara McCann (Five Star Sylk, East Dunbartonshire); Rebecca Collins (Polly Rocket, Glasgow); Jazza Crawford (BruiseDog, Glasgow); Lindsay Crawford (TurbuLinz, Glasgow); Sam Hemson (Sammi Dodg’er, Hamilton); Karen Laurie (West Dunbartonshire), Sally McAdam (Kitty Slyde, Glasgow); Kimm Munro (Koors Fight, Paisley); Thomas Mcelroy (Tea-Virus, Glasgow); Emma Briggs (Briggamortis, Glasgow); Sam Martin-Randerson (Boy Sam, Nairn); Jim Whyte (Whyte & MacDie, Glasgow); Raelene Scaramuzza (Glasgow); Melody Buchan (Alexandra Grenade, Glasgow); Cheryl Dow (Chezza, Largs); John Corbett (Danger, Glasgow); Katherine Kennedy; Kennie Jook; Megan Coghill; Sandra Woods; and Carol Anne McMahon (Daisy Chainsaw).
* On Sunday, August 4, East Fortune Race Track will host its first-ever roller marathon. The race track – a smooth 1.5-mile track – is 20 miles east of Edinburgh and there is no public access outwith official events.
* There are three distances – once round the track (1.5 miles), a half marathon and a full marathon. Entry is open to people on skates (inline, quad, speed, hockey) skateboards, longboards and scooters.
* Entry is £12.50 for the full marathon, £10 for the half and £5 for one lap. All money raised will benefit Deafblind Scotland. Skaters will receive a medal and goody bag.
* Visit www.deafblindscotland.org.uk