Scotsman running London Marathon for Home-Start Aberdeen

20 July 2019

We caught up with Allan Leslie today at the Hazelhead park run.Allan is going to be running the London Marathon for Home-Start Aberdeen in 2020.

We wanted to find out a bit more about Allan’s running journey and why he’s running for Home-Start Aberdeen.

“I started running about 3 ½ years ago says Allan.It was really with an aim to lose some weight, do something for myself and set myself up for retirement.

I’ve played a lot of sport in my days from football and touch rugby to cycling and skiing.I’m a haemophiliac and I’ve done a lot of crazy things so have sustained a few injuries along the way from falling off my bike and a significant fall whilst skiing in Italy – all part of the fun!

Running is something I can do for myself and I enjoy the personal competition and challenge.I joined Hazelhead Jog Scotland initially and signed up to the park runs with a friend.Over time I gradually improved my ability, lost the weight and really enjoyed running.About a year ago I got involved with Aberdeen Metro Running Club and it’s here that I heard that Home-Start Aberdeen had a place available in the London Marathon.

I was really keen and I’m thrilled to have secured the place. I’ve got lots of fundraising planned from boot sales, raffles and collections to quiz nights and a sponsored bike ride.”

Allan has worked in nursing for over 35 years and in that time has worked in a variety of roles across mental health, staff nursing, practice teaching and community work.

“Running and raising money for Home-Start Aberdeen lets me give something back and support people in the local community because everyone, no matter what your background, needs a little help sometimes.”

Allan took part in his first marathon last year in Manchester, crossing the finish line in 4 hours 11 minutes.Since then he has also completed the Loch Ness Marathon and Great Welsh marathon.The latter he achieved his Personal Best with a time of 3 hours 51 minutes and 26 seconds…nursing home a torn calf from mile 19 too…so certainly no fear of a challenge!

We’ll be keeping up with Allan throughout his marathon journey so keep an eye out on facebook and twitter for updates on his fundraising escapades and training activities.

If you’d like to support Allan in his London Marathon efforts to raise money for Home-Start you can donate via his online fundraising page here:

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