Donnie sets his targets for raising charity cash

Donnie Robertson faces a tough schedule to raise funds for multiple sclerosis.
Donnie Robertson faces a tough schedule to raise funds for multiple sclerosis.

ELLON man Donnie Robertson has been inspired by his mother, who has multiple sclerosis, to run four distance races this year to raise funds for the MS Society Scotland.

Donnie has already completed the Run Garioch 5k at Inverurie and is now gearing up for Aberdeen’s Baker Hughes 10k on May 19. He will follow this with the Xodus Ythan Challenge Multi-Terrain Adventure Race in Ellon on June 16. He’ll complete the four races in December by running the 6k Santa Run along Aberdeen’s beach front.

The novice-runner only started pounding the pavements last year, in a bid to get fit and help his mother. By taking part in 2012’s Baker Hughes 10k he lost weight and raised a sizeable £1,500 to support people living with MS in Scotland. This year he’s aiming to build on his success.

Donnie said: “My mum was diagnosed with MS eight years ago, and it’s stopped her from doing many things she enjoys. Luckily, she’s made of strong stuff and is an inspiration to those who meet her. The race is tough but my mum would give anything just to be able to walk round the course. Running four races is small payback for the mum who gave and continues to give me everything.”

The MS Society is looking for runners to join Donnie and the rest of Team MS at this year’s Baker Hughes 10k – the closing date for entries is April 20. so there is still time to put your name forward.