ETTRICK, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont is preparing to take part in this year’s New York Marathon in a bid to raise funds for the Borders Osteoporosis Society.
The New York Marathon is one of the largest in the world, with more than 45,000 finishers in 2010.
Mr Lamont told The Berwickshire News: “When I was first elected as an MSP in 2007 I was determined not to become the typical overweight politician. I have since taken part in a few 10k races and half marathons, but this will be my first attempt at a full marathon.
“My training usually involves up to 40 miles a week. However, I do different types of training too so I swim four mornings a week and also a bit of cycling.
“New York is a great city and I’m told the atmosphere is absolutely fantastic which I’m sure will help spur me on to the finishing line.
“I’m dreading hitting what runners refer to as ‘the wall’ but I’m definitely looking forward to crossing the finishing line.”
“As Patron of the Borders Osteoporosis Society I am keen to raise as much money as possible to help those who suffer from brittle bone disease. One in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 in the UK will fracture a bone, mainly as a result of osteoporosis.
“The cause of the disease is still not fully understood, but research continues to build up a picture of the factors that influence our bone health.
“Given the growing older population in the Borders, it affects many local residents. I am therefore eager to help them in any way that I can.”
Donations can be made at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnLamont or by visiting the constituency office at 25 High Street, Hawick.