Montrose survivor helps break world record

A MONTROSE couple, one a brain tumour survivor, joined Liz McColgan on a marathon run from Arbroath and St Andrews last Wednesday to raise funds for the charity Brain Tumour UK.

Mark Toshney, who has survived the condition, and his partner, Carolyn Pierpoint, both completed the course with the Olympic and Commonwealth Medalist.

Carolyn said: “The day we were told Mark had a cancerous brain tumour will haunt us for the rest of our lives. However, we have to take the positive from it and look to what we can do to make a difference.

“We have to keep the brain tumour cause in public awareness, we have to educate people about the signs and symptoms and we have to keep the level or awareness up if we are to win the fight against brain tumours.”

Liz said: “I’m supporting RelayGB because I am inspired by Carolyn and Mark’s motivation to raise funds and awareness.”

RelayGB started at 8am on May 4 in London, and the runners took the route out to Kent and along the south coast. Hundreds of runners covered 2,600 miles around Britain in over 100 non-stop marathons.

The mission was to break the world record for distance relay running, and it was smashed at midnight on Wednesday, just north of Edinburgh.

Jenny Baker, chief executive at Brain Tumour UK, commented: “This is a fantastic achievement. We can’t thank the runners, the organisers and the supporters enough for their work to make this happen. And they are still going! Their efforts are truly inspiring.”

It is hoped the event will raise half-a-million pounds to fund vital research.