Ken raises thou­sands of pounds for char­ity

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Cam­bus­lang run­ner was de­lighted af­ter rais­ing thou­sands of pounds for char­ity.

Ken McInnes, who stays in Bran­don Gar­dens, took part in the re­cent Lon­don marathon.

And af­ter com­plet­ing the fa­mous race, Ken’s been able to tally up how much he earned for the Arthri­tis Re­search UK char­ity - a whop­ping £4,150.

Be­fore tak­ing part in the marathon Ken told the Re­former he was tar­get­ing a time un­der three hours and 50 min­utes - and he man­aged to achieve that feat, clock­ing in at three hours and 45 min­utes.

He told the Re­former: “I fin­ished the race, which was the main thing!

“I ab­so­lutely loved tak­ing part, the whole ex­pe­ri­ence was fan­tas­tic, in­clud­ing the or­gan­is­ers, the at­mos­phere and ev­ery­thing else.

“It was my best ever run­ning ex­pe­ri­ence - there’s some­thing spe­cial about be­ing cheered on by peo­ple through­out the whole race.

“At times I’d be hear­ing the cheers and be think­ing ‘is there a celebrity be­hind me?’.

“Run­ning past all the land­marks was spe­cial, like go­ing past the Cutty Sark.

“I’d rec­om­mend do­ing it to any­one.

“It was all a bit dif­fer­ent from my usual runs ( in the Scot­tish coun­try­side), although they’re still en­joy­able.”

Now Ken’s been able to to­tal the amount of dona­tions he earned for char­ity, and he was thrilled at the amount he pulled in.

He said: “The main rea­son for do­ing the marathon was to raise money for Arthri­tis Re­search UK, so I was re­ally pleased with the amount.

“The sup­port f rom peo­ple was re­ally great and I ap­pre­ci­ated tremen­dously.

“The hope is that it can make a dif­fer­ence - I know a num­ber of peo­ple who have arthri­tis and the dif­fi­cul­ties that it can cause.

“I be­lieve the amount of com­bined dona­tions to the char­ity from dif­fer­ent run­ners do­ing the marathon was around £100,000, which is fan­tas­tic.”

Ken, who works as a prop­erty ad­viser by day, can still be spon­sored by go­ing to ht t p : / / uk. vir­gin­money­giv­ing. com and search­ing for Ken McInnes.

Arthri­tis Re­search UK aim to pre­vent the on­set of arthri­tis, de­velop a cure for arthri­tis and trans­form the lives of those with arthri­tis.

In the UK around 10 mil­lion peo­ple have arthri­tis and it can af­fect all ages.

More in­for­ma­tion on the con­di­tion can be found at www. arthri­tis­re­searchuk. org.


The sup­port from peo­ple was re­ally great

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Ken McInnes ran the re­cent Lon­don Marathon

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