John going on run for Multiple Sclerosis Society

John Laffey
John Laffey

Eyemouth’s John Laffey starts a gruelling 104-mile run this Sunday to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

He will complete the challenge by running three marathons and two half-marathons over the next seven months, starting with the Schneider Marathon in Paris this weekend.

John will follow up that French marathon with the Stirling Scottish Marathon on Sunday, May 21, and the Edinburgh Half-Marathon a week later.

After a break during the summer, he will hit the road again, hopefully with his running mate Lynsey Courtenay in September and October for the Birmingham Marathon and the Great North Run in Newcastle.

Over the previous two years, John has raised £2,480 for research into MS and other neurological conditions.

In 2015, he did three half-marathons, and in 2016, he ran three full marathons.

This year, he is aiming to raise a further £1,000 for the charity, a cause close to his heart as his sister Sharon Wilde was diagnosed with primary progressive MS.

John, a store manager at the Big Yellow Self Storage Company in Edinburgh, said: “I had intended to take a break this year. However, I now find myself taking on my biggest challenge yet.

“I was given extra motivation from Big Yellow Self Storage, who not only continue to make generous donations, but also support MS Society through many of the northern stores with local fundraising initiatives.”

John and Lynsey’s online fundraising page can be found at www.justgiving.