A FITNESS fanatic who has run two marathons, and 55 consecutive 5k runs, will undertake the exercise problem of a lifetime tomorrow (Friday) to boost cash and consciousness for his buddy’s most cancers marketing campaign.
Tranent’s Ross Clyde will put his stamina to the check in a 12-hour, continuous health club problem at Fountain Spa and Leisure Membership at Kings Manor Lodge in Edinburgh, with exercise periods operating from 7am to 7pm.
The 39-year-old, initially from Edinburgh, has lived in Tranent since 2006, the place he met fundraiser Johnnie Meechan.
Johnnie’s consciousness and fundraising marketing campaign, Johnnie’s Journey, was arrange following his NET most cancers prognosis six years in the past, and has since raised tens of hundreds of kilos for charity and fronted its personal soccer workforce.
Plenty of the Johnnie’s Journey workforce have taken half in fundraising adventures – William Turner pedalled Mont Vertoux in France, whereas workforce member Barry walked from North Queensferry to North Berwick in support of the trigger.
Now, Ross says, it’s his flip.
The 12-hour problem will push the Richard F Mackay employee to his limits as he tumbles by means of six studio lessons – two spin, two pilates, one zumba and one physique fight – and races by means of 4 5k runs on the treadmill, alongside quite a few different health club actions.
He mentioned: “I’ve been lively my entire life. I’ve at all times been enjoying soccer or operating once I was youthful – operating principally as I used to be at all times late for varsity.
“The operating I continued into my grownup years, which I nonetheless get a lot enjoyment from right this moment.
“I’ve run two Edinburgh Marathons, numerous half-marathons, and 10ks and 5ks.
“It was one of many years I had signed up for the Scottish Half Marathon. I contacted Johnnie to ask his permission to run it for Johnnie’s Journey, with all donations going to it.
“He very kindly mentioned sure, mentioned it was an excellent concept, and that’s the way it all started.”
Bonding over soccer
The Tranent males have been shut for about 12 years, first crossing paths by means of mutual buddies earlier than bonding over soccer, with Ross including: “It felt like we had recognized one another for years.”
Ross has since devoted himself to operating half-marathons for Johnnie’s Journey and, in 2019, took on an epic problem to run 55 5ks consecutively from November 1 to December 25, which he mentioned was “a privilege to do”.
Ross thanked his health club – at Kings Manor Lodge – for its help in welcoming his problem with open arms.
He mentioned: “The health club is my ardour. I don’t drink or smoke. The health club is my pub, my nightclub. I spend a variety of my time in there. I’m normally there six days every week.
“Nonetheless, this isn’t about me. It’s about Johnnie’s Journey. I’ve by no means been on this for self-gain or reputation. It’s at all times been in regards to the Journey and NET most cancers.”
Ross’s problem will coincide with the Johnnie’s Journey soccer workforce JJ NET Busters enjoying a match within the night.
Johnnie added: “It is going to be the final occasion for 4 months or in order I have to take a while for my very own well being points, that are taking their toll.”
Prizes are on supply for individuals who donate to Ross’s problem, together with signed Six Nations Scotland shirts, Hearts and Hibs kits, and a £50 tattoo voucher.
Each £5 donated to the fundraiser will equal one raffle entry.
Johnnie added: “We are going to ensure Ross has health club buddies to push and inspire him all through the day, feed him and assist us promote the occasion by means of social media and throughout the advanced itself.
“We are able to’t thank them sufficient.”
To donate to Ross’s problem, go to justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ross12hrjj