Team Strathcarron did the Hospice proud on Sunday 21st May as they pounded the streets of Stirling and surrounding towns and villages to complete 26.2 tough miles, starting from the Blair Drummond Safari Park at 9am and finishing in the shadow of Stirling Castle at City Park.  The route took them through Doune, Dunblane, Bridge of Allan and Stirling, and supporters lined the streets to cheer them on and lift their spirits as the going got seriously tough.

The Team Strathcarron runners varied in age, background and experience, but each one of them carried our cause in their hearts as they ran, putting into practice all the months of training and sacrifice to get around the course. Our charity bus took supporters to Dunblane, and they cheered the runners for all they were worth as they passed the eight mile mark, while our team at the Charity Village dashed between the cheering points and finish line to welcome our runners back. Our friends from Life Fit Wellness in Falkirk were also on hand at the Charity Village to provide very welcome post run sports massage for those aching muscles and were incredibly popular!

 The first Team Strathcarron runner home  was Ruaridh Miller, in an amazing time of 3 hours 18 minutes, having battled a sever cramp from mile 15, and no doubt sore ears from the cheering of the Strathcarron Team as he crossed the finish line! We are absolutely astounded by the commitment, strength of spirit and stamina of each and every member of Team Strathcarron, and we felt privileged to hear their stories of why they ran, and what kept them going – indeed, Ruaridh said it was the thought of the Hospice and why he was doing it that kept him going through the pain. Fundraising by Team Strathcarron from the Stirling Scottish Marathon currently stands at an amazing £38,000, with money still coming in, which covers a full two days of care at Strathcarron, and will make a real difference to our patients and their families.

We are so grateful that the Team Strathcarron runners chose to make us a part of their Stirling Marathon journey, and so very proud of them all. If you feel inspired by these marathon efforts and would like to join Team Strathcarron, why not consider signing up for the 30th Anniversary Strathcarron 10K Race at University of Stirling? We promise this will be another day to remember!

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