Stornoway nurse to run London Marathon

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A year ago, nurse Mairi Maciver had hardly ever done any running. Then she took part in the Glasgow 10k. And now she’s all set for the London Marathon on April 17.

Mairi, a staff nurse at the Western Isles Hospital in Lewis, Stornoway, hopes to raise money for Bowel & Cancer Research.

“The only running I’d done was on the beach with the kids,” said Mairi. “Then I trained for the Glasgow 10k last year and was surprised at how quickly I managed to get fit. When I saw the London marathon on telly I decided I really wanted to have a go,” she said.

“I chose to support Bowel & Cancer Research because we get a lot of patients coming through the hospital doors with bowel problems and I know a few people who have been affected by the disease.”

Mairi, 35, started training last autumn. “I was struggling at first – I couldn’t get past four miles. Then I got bad shin splints and thought I might have to pull out.

“But I’ve just done 18 miles in a practice run and I’m determined to get to London and just enjoy it.”

She’ll be cheered on all the way by three best mates who will travel to London next month.

At home in Crossbost, Lochs, Isle of Lewis, her husband Colin and children, aged 12, 10 and 5, will be glued to the TV to see if they can spot her.

A spokeswoman for Bowel & Cancer Research thanked Mairi for her efforts. “Bowel cancer claims the lives of 16,000 people in the UK every year. Our aim is to reduce that number, and the support of people like Mairi is invaluable,” she said.

Anyone who wants to support Mairi can do so at