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Fort William plumber and heating specialist Stephen MacTavish will be swapping his tools for running shoes when he takes on the 96 miles of the West Highland Way in aid of mental health services.
Stephen is currently clocking up the training miles in preparation for the massive effort in aid of charity, Lochaber Hope.
Hoping to raise £5,000 to boost Lochaber Hope’s coffers and help the organisation continue its vital work in mental health support, Stephen says it will be the first time he has tackled a run of this magnitude for a considerable period.
‘I’ve not done anything this long running-wise, so it’s definitely something new for me,’ he told the Lochaber Times this week.
‘I wanted to do something focused around mental health, which is a huge issue and particularly so here in Lochaber where it is not taken care of enough. The money will go to Lochaber Hope which is a great organisation.’
Stephen started training back in March for the West Highland Way run, which he starts on October 3 in Milngavie and hopes to cross the finishing line in Fort William just 24 hours later.
He had committed earlier this year to running a 100-mile ultra marathon but due to Covid-19, the event was cancelled.
‘After that I decided I’d run my own ‘ultra’ event and decided to tackle the West Highland Way and raise money for a very worthwhile local organisation – I’ve raised about £1,000 so far and am hoping more donations will flow in between now and the run itself.’
Stephen will tackle the first 30 miles out of Milngavie by himself, but then expects to get some company for sections of the route along the way.
‘Four or five mates have said they will join me for 10-15 mile legs of the run, which will see me running right through the night.’
And despite being fit and raring to go, Stephen expects to feel a bit sore once the run is finished. ‘I’ll maybe need to take a half day off work afterwards!’ he joked.
Anyone wishing to donate to Stephen’s run for Lochaber Hope can do so by visiting his crowdfunding page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stephen-mactavish
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