Marathon effort by three generations

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A FAMILY spanning three generations has thanked sponsors after collectively taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon.

Grandfather Don Hawthorn, son Douglas and grandson Uisdean ran the race together to raise money for the Red Cross, which Uisdean volunteers for as a first aider. The trio have raised £1900 for the charity thus far, and are aiming for £2500.

Former minister Don, who is 71 and stays at Crimmond Drive, told the Times that the last time he ran a marathon was when he was 46, the age his son Douglas is now.

“My grandson is 18, and this is his first marathon, so he thought it would be special if the three of us ran as a three-generation group. I’ve been training since last Autumn, as I haven’t ran a marathon for a long time! As far as I’m aware, we were the only group with three generations of the same family taking part.

“The whole day was extremely well organised - we got a lot of support from the crowds, which was great, and there were pipe bands and drummers providing entertainment.

The Ellon grandfather said he was quite pleased with his result, coming in 116th out of the over 60s group running the race, with an overall turnout of between 15,000 and 16,000 runners. Don managed to complete the course in 5 hours 9 minutes while Douglas managed 3 hours 5 minutes, and Uisdean achieved 3 hours 29 minutes.

“I would like to know the statistics for the over 70s, as I think I might come out even better!” Don joked. “The wind was behind us to start with, but later on we were running into it which does require quite a bit more effort. I’ve now set a time for Douglas to beat when he’s 71.”

He added that the whole exercise was made worthwhile with the support of family and friends.

“We got huge support from people we know. I had a lot of help from Newburgh-on-Ythan Golf Club, and former work and church colleagues. There was even a woman who donated £3 at the end of the race when she found out we were running for charity.”

The Hawthorn family’s web page can be found at http://original.justgiving.com/edinburghmarathon2011, donations are still being accepted.