The Oban Times - - Districts -

TWO WOMEN from Coll com­pleted the first Stir­ling Marathon to raise money for cancer char­i­ties and ser­vices in Ar­gyll and Bute.

Heather Davis and Clara McGhee be­gan train­ing for the chal­lenge in Jan­uary and also took part in the Tiree half-marathon in April as part of their prepa­ra­tions.

To kick­start their fundrais­ing, they held an Easter dance at An Cridhe, Coll, with both Dun Mor Ceilidh Band and The Ca­mans play­ing on the night.

The ceilidh was gen­er­ously sup­ported by the is­land com­mu­nity as well as Ar­gyll and Bute busi­nesses Lussa Gin and Adle­phi Dis­tillery.

The event raised more than £ 3,000 and, com­bined with marathon spon­sor­ship, the ladies have raised a to­tal of £ 5,682.20.

This was split be­tween the cancer en­dow­ment fund for NHS High­land – sup­port­ing the work of the day bed unit at Lorn and Is­lands Hos­pi­tal – as well as Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port across all of Ar­gyll and Bute. The amount raised put Heather and Clara in the top one per cent of fundrais­ers on Just­giv­ing in May 2017.

Clara and Heather were sur­prised they en­joyed the marathon as much as they did and are hugely grate­ful to ev­ery­one who helped them raise so much for lo­cal causes in Ar­gyll and Bute.

Heather Davis and Clara McGhee in Stir­ling.

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