London Marathon success

On Sunday 3rd October 2021, I laced up my running shoes once again to hit the streets of London and complete the city's marathon. This was my third time running the 26.2 mile course, having previously completed it in 2018 and 2019. Last year's race didn't happen due to coronavirus, and so when I got the chance to sign up for this year's race I jumped at the opportunity. The London Marathon normally takes place in May but was delayed until October this year. Those of us who thought this might mean cooler temperatures were to be disappointed, but the conditions on the day were still great for running.

With Glasgow North East Foodbank manager Linda Stuart outside Calton Parhead Church to launch this year's marathon fundraiser.

Each year that I've taken part in the run, I've raised money for a worthwhile local cause; for Glasgow East End Community Carers in 2018 and for Glasgow Girls FC in 2019. This year, I was mindful of the extra pressures put on local organisations which provide emergency food parcels for those in need and decided to raise cash for Glasgow North East Food Bank.

With my SNP colleague Stuart McDonald MP before the race. Stuart was running to raise funds for another worthy cause - Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland.

So far, at the time of publishing this newsletter, the fundraiser has brought in almost £2,500 for the food bank, surpassing my original £2,000 target. I've been absolutely blown away by everyone's generosity, especially at such an uncertain time when household bills are rising. I would like to very sincerely thank all those who have donated. I know from my first-hand experience at the food bank just how far this money will stretch and how it will provide meaningful support to a huge number of people.

If you would like to donate before the fundraiser closes, please visit my JustGiving page.