Willie Mitchell of The Leanne Fund is training hard to complete the Edinburgh Marathon in memory of his daughter Leanne.

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TAKING place on Saturday June 2nd, the third Leanne Fund Point 5k should feel like a stroll around the Castle Grounds for charity founder Willie Mitchell – who will have run the Edinburgh Marathon in Leanne’s memory the weekend before.

“I wanted to be the first person to run a marathon for The Leanne Fund and so I will run for Leanne on May 27th and that is all the motivation I need to keep going and to hopefully complete the challenge,” says Willie.

Having only ever run a couple of 10k events before taking on the marathon challenge Willie puts himself in the ‘novice runner’ category, yet has steadily increased his weekly mileage to an average of 30 to 40 miles through training.

Possible disaster struck with only nine weeks to go before the Edinburgh run however when a calf injury forced Willie to stop running and hop on a bicycle to maintain his fitness but, as he continues: “Fortunately the injury has healed well and I have been able to continue with my training schedule.

“As part of my schedule I recently completed a 21 mile run from Traigh Mhor in Tolsta to Garrabost which gave me a real insight into just how tough it will be on the day.”

Point residents Willie and his wife Chrisetta established The Leanne Fund in 2009 following the death of their daughter Leanne who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis (CF).

Working under Leanne’s motto ‘Because life is for living’ the grant-giving body funds special treats for CF patients aged up to 25 years old living in the Highlands and Islands.

“I am very grateful for all the encouragement I have received and your support of my run is very much appreciated, not just by me but by the young people that Leanne’s fund supports,” adds Willie.

“I would be grateful if you could keep me in your thoughts and especially in your prayers on May 27th.”

If you would like to sponsor Willie, you can do so at www.justgiving.com/WillieMitchell, or contact Willie at info@theleannefund.co.uk

And if Willie’s marathon challenge has inspired you, why not take part in the hugely popular Leanne Fund Point 5k which takes place on Saturday June 2nd, starting at 12pm by Point Free Church and following a circular course through Garrabost and Lower Bayble before ending in front of the community’s impressive new school.

“This will be the third year of Leanne’s walk/run and we are really encouraged by the continual support of the community,” says Chrisetta. “We hope that this year will see the highest number of entrants so far.

“This is a fun, family event where everyone is welcome – ever our dogs! We hope to see you all there supporting The Leanne Fund in our local community on June 2nd.”

All information about The Leanne Fund Point 5k can be found at www.theleannefund.co.uk, including the link to download an entry form.

The event’s entry fee donation is £10 for adults, £5 for children under 12 and a family (two adults and two children) can enter for £20 with all the proceeds supporting the work of The Leanne Fund.

“Entries will be taken on the day, but if at all possible, we would like to receive them in advance to help us with planning for the day,” adds Chrisetta.

“And if you would like to order a t-shirt for the event you can do so by emailing info@theleannefund.co.uk – we have children’s and adult sizes available.”