An Ellon man is preparing to take on the London Marathon next year in memory of his late father.
Grant Elrick (33) sadly lost his dad Michael last May after he died suddenly of a heart attack aged 62.
Speaking to the Times Grant said his dad’s death came “out of the blue”.
He added: “It came as a shock to everyone, dad was well-known around town.
“Dad was a member of the McDonald Golf Club and liked a trip to the pub, he was a BrewDog fan and went along to the Ellon brewery on its first weekend. He was also an Aberdeen FC fan and enjoyed watching their games.
“He was a kind and gentle guy who loved his family, especially his four grandchildren - he was the heart and soul of the family.”
Explaining why he decided to take on the London run, Grant said: “I used to work in a gym as a fitness instructor and I always fancied running a marathon.”
This will be the first time Grant has taken part in a long distance run but he admitted: “I am as excited as I am nervous about it.
“I have been asking for advice from people who have experience of running long distances. As long as I finish it I’ll be happy.”
Grant will be running the marathon on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
He will be cheered on by his family who will be travelling down to London to support him on the day.
He added: “I think dad would be chuffed that I am doing this, I hope that he would be really proud.”
Grant’s wife Linzi said: “I am so proud of him, he has been working so hard with his training and he has been thinking of lots of things to do to raise money.”
Grant has set himself the target of raising £2,500.
Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/grant-elrick.
Grant will host a fundraising afternoon at the Victoria Hall on Sunday, November 25, from 1-3pm.
The family-orientated event will have teas, coffees, cakes, stalls and fun activities for children.
Grant added: “I have had raffle donations from local businesses and great support from dad’s friends. People have been very generous.”