David Allsop, our Marathon Man, keeps us up to date with his training diary

My training this week has seen me take in the sights on Inverness and my more familiar surroundings of Kilsyth. Asupstairs I’m currently working away in the Highlands, it’s been a bit tricky trying to fit my running around my work. I even had a 5:30am start last Wednesday – a wee 5 mile run along the banks of the River Ness. I’m hoping to be more disciplined this week and get my training in every day.  I find the weekends best as I have more time to get those longer runs in.

When I’m out running I tend to reminisce about my fiancee Deborah. Losing Deborah to cancer has been the hardest challenge I have ever had to deal with. She was everything and more, but my running has really helped me with my grieving as it’s a good time to think of my ‘Angel’ and all the good times we shared together.

The route I take in around Kilsyth is a run I used to do when Debs was still here. I guess that’s why Debs feels closer in my heart when I’m back running on home soil. I’m really looking forward to London and standing at that starting line with Debs’ name proudly printed on my running top and to know I’m doing it in her memory and to help others affected by cancer.

If you have been keeping up to date with my story and have yet to sponsor me, please support my cause and help me raise as much as possible for Cancer Support Scotland.

They are a small charity but their services are invaluable. They certainly provided me with support and helped me learn to cope with things better.

It’s only 5 weeks now till London, the first of my double header marathons and I could really do with lots more sponsors. You can donate online at www.justgiving.com/David-Allsop-for-Debs

To read more about David’s story click onto our Edinburgh Marathon page here or pick up a copy of the Cumbernauld News to keep up with his diary.



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