Cancer charity’s half marathon plea

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A RALLYING call has gone out for townsfolk to sign up for the Edinburgh half marathon in a bid to raise charity cash – and Teries pledging their support can join the Challenge Hawick 2012 initiative at the same time.

The Anthony Mundell Trust has 20 places up for grabs in the event – and money raised will go towards the trust’s £30,000 appeal to buy a respite caravan to help families dealing with cancer.

Set up in memory of teenager Anthony who died almost three years ago, the charity is almost halfway in its bid to buy a caravan following a host of local events and donations. But committee member Faith Tait said: “This year’s challenge is to get as many people to run the half marathon as we can and help us reach our goal.”

And with the newly-launched Challenge Hawick 2012 fitness and wellbeing initiative giving its backing to the event, runners can also benefit from the services of Think Fitness.

Gym co-owner Stuart Oliver said: “The half marathon is one of our recommended events to get people fitter whilst pledging to raise money for worthwhile causes, and we will give them our full support. If people come on board they are given a free month’s membership and we will help them get fit for their chosen event.”

The Mundell charity has also recruited the help of local ultra runner Mark Lyons, who will be on hand with tips for the group.

Anyone interested in taking part in the ‘Rock n Roll’ Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday, April 15, which includes live bands along the route, should contact Rosyln Mundell on 07908 704138 or Faith Tait on 07703 789114. Entry fee is £30, and runners are asked to raise as much as they can for the charity.