Leuchars duo set to run two marathons
Running a marathon may be a daunting prospect to most but two officers from RAF Leuchars are aiming to complete two in just four weeks, entirely for charity.
Flight Sergeant Dawn Angus (44) and Sergeant Sandie Kennedy (39) have stomped the local roads and hillsides recently as they prepare for their upcoming challenge.
The close friends, who both served in Basra, Iraq, are to run the London and Edinburgh marathons on April 25 and May 23 respectively, clocking up more than 50 miles.
At Leuchars yesterday the two agreed they were looking forward to the marathons despite Flt Sgt Angus, origionally from Leeds, admitting she had never run before.
"We will definitely finish, even if I have to walk round the course I will get over the finish line," she said.
The pain of pounding the streets is all for a good cause, though, with the pair aiming to raise £1,500 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and £1,000 for Breast Cancer Care. The officers are well on their way to achieving this, with around £500 already raised.
Sgt Kennedy, whose partner is the brother-in-law of Flt Sgt Angus, said they had been training since November and been out running with members of Fife Athletics Club.
"The first five weeks of training went really well but since then it has not been particularly easy," said Sgt Kennedy.
"But it has been really good to train with Sandie. We encourage each other on and that helps a lot."
With both previously managing half-marathons, Flt Sgt Angus explained the sudden leap to run a full marathon, quickly followed by another.
"It is something we have always wanted to do and this seems like a natural progression," she said.
Next Friday the runners have organised a fund-raising pub quiz at Ye Old Hotel in Leuchars at 7:30pm.
RAF Leuchars is going through a period of transition with the Tornado jet fighters being phased out at the Fife base. The first of three Typhoon squadrons, their replacements, will arrive in October.
source: The Courier, Friday, March 5, 2010.