Kevin’s marathon challenge

Broxburn man, Kevin Regan, is set to take on next month’s London Marathon inspired by his brother who has MS.

Kevin will be running the marathon to raise funds for Leuchie House, a respite centre for people with multiple sclerosis and a range of other long term health conditions. Davie, Kevin’s brother, has had regular breaks at Leuchie over the past 10 years, giving him the chance for a holiday while having access to dedicated care and support. These breaks have also been a lifeline for Davie’s wife and family who’ve been able to have some time away from caring for his needs while he’s there.

Leuchie has become an important part of the whole family’s lives over the years, and Kevin is an active supporter. He ran the Berlin marathon in 2012 for the East Lothian-based charity, raising a total of £1400.

When Virgin Money, the sponsors of the London Marathon, offered Leuchie House one place in the event earlier this year, the team there immediately thought of Kevin because of his previous marathon involvement. He agreed to put himself forward for the running challenge and was entered in to a draw with a number of other Leuchie supporters.

“After a long two weeks wait I was elated to be told that my name had been drawn from the hat,” he recalls, “and that I would be running the London Marathon for the charity that is closest to my heart. It was a very special moment. Leuchie House is simply fantastic, from the beautiful location set in the countryside, to the first class care and physio offered, right through to the excellent food and uplifting atmosphere experienced as you enter the building. It provides quality respite for Davie, as well as his family, who can be sound in the knowledge that he is in safe hands in a place he knows and loves.”

With the news, came the need for training to start in earnest! “Although I had run on and off since Berlin, I had let my fitness level drop dramatically, had put on weight and generally let things slip. So when I received that email it was all the motivation I needed to get back out running. The training is now on track, I’m feeling pretty good about it and hopefully will produce a reasonable performance on the big day.”

Kevin has set himself a target of raising £2,000 in sponsorship and donations, and is already well on the way, having raised £1,780 so far. “The fundraising had a great boost recently at my company, Aldi’s, annual information meeting when I managed to raise £1000 during the lunch and coffee breaks! Everyone was very generous.”

Tracy Lonie, Events and Community Fundraiser at Leuchie House says: “We’re thrilled that Kevin is going to be doing this fundraising challenge for us. We need to raise 46% of the cost of running Leuchie House from fundraising and donations. So every pound raised by our supporters, like Kevin, makes a big difference and allows Leuchie to continue offering essential respite care to hundreds of people and their carers every year.

“To show our support for Kevin, we’re organising our own ‘MOTOmed Marathon’, at the same time as he’s running in the London marathon! A MOTOmed is a piece of exercise equipment, a bit like an exercise bike, specially designed for wheelchair users. We’ll be working in teams made up of our guests, staff and volunteers to see if we can complete the same marathon distance as Kevin in relays using two MOTOmeds!”

Anyone wishing to support Kevin in his marathon challenge can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/kevin-regan3/.