Cash raised in Stornoway Half-Marathon

Willie Mitchell accepts a cheque for the Leanne Fund from Chris Maguire who completed the Stornoway half-marathon to raise cash.
Willie Mitchell accepts a cheque for the Leanne Fund from Chris Maguire who completed the Stornoway half-marathon to raise cash.

A BIG-HEARTED construction worker swapped his steel-toe caps for trainers to run the Stornoway Half-Marathon recently to raise cash for a the Leanne Fund – a charity set up to buy special treats and gifts for kids with cystic fibrosis in the highlands and islands.

Chris Maguire took to the streets of Stornoway for only his second ever half-marathon after meeting Willie Mitchell on site at the FMP site at the Nicolson Institute and hearing of the charity Mitchell had set up in honour of his daughter who sadly passed two-years earlier.

And Maguire helped raise a whopping £1,450 for the charity which Mitchell believes will go a long way.

Mitchell said: “got to know Chris through working here at FMP at the Nicolson Institute site and he did really well to raise so much money for the charity.”

Although it was only Maguire’s second half-marathon he admits he doesn’t expect it to be his last after revealing he is keen to step up his running regime.

Maguire added: “I like to keep fit and stay in shape generally and Willie just asked me during work one day if I’d be interested in running the half-marathon for charity and I was delighted to do that.

“I managed to do it in one hour and 39 minutes which was about five minutes quicker than the last, and only other, half-marathon I’ve run.

“I will definitely keep up with the running now and I’d like to do a full marathon and I’ll work towards that next.”