A retired teacher from Greenlaw beat his daughter, twenty five years his junior, when they both took part in the Brighton marathon this month.
Donald Strachan ran just his second marathon on Sunday April 6, as a member of Team Panda for the conservation organisation WWF-UK.
Donald, aged 59, who was persuaded to take part in the marathon by his daughter Stacey Strachan, ended up completing the run thirty minutes ahead of her, finishing in 6 hours 41 minutes.
He said he enjoyed the challenge of training for and completing a second marathon before reaching his 60th birthday this year. On completing the race Donald said; “It was so good to acknowledge other team members when I saw the ‘panda made me do it’ running vests – the hug with the big Panda around 10k was also a great motivator. I’m glad I was able to muster reserves of energy to run for the last mile after having been reduced to walking for parts of the final 10 miles.”
Stacey, an avid panda fan who lives in South east London, said crossing the finish line was very emotional , citing seeing her mum an dad waiting there for her. Undeterred by the blister-inducing distance, Stacey has plans to run the marathon again next year, aiming for a faster finish.
“The support from team Panda has been amazing, not just on the day but in the whole six months I have been training,” she said. “I was blown away by everything they did for us and I can’t wait to be on team Panda again next year.
“I knew my dad was going to finish before me, I don’t look at it like being beaten, because we were both on the same team.
“He had much more time to train than I did and his old feet are tougher than mine!
“I was happy he finished before me so I had a friendly face waiting for me at the finish line. Next year I have set myself the challenge of beating both our times, and my fundraising total for this year.”
Donald and Stacey Strachan ran the Brighton Marathon as part of Team Panda which had 140 runners taking part for WWF-UK. For more information in taking part in team panda events go to; http://www.wwf.org.uk/how_you_can_help/fundraising/fundraising_events/