Marathon success for Buchan man

Iain Wood, who ran the Edinburgh Marathon recently.
Iain Wood, who ran the Edinburgh Marathon recently.

A Mintlaw man has raised hundreds of pounds for a spinal injuries charity after successfully completing the Edinburgh Marathon recently.

Iain Wood completed the marathon in an impressive time of four hours, 29 minutes and 45 seconds on May 26, raising £1,004.60 for Spinal Injuries Scotland.

Iain, who works as an assistant branch manager at Jewson in Fraserburgh, chose the charity as his dad, Mitch, suffered a spinal injury in 1995.

Iain has been running since 2006, slowly building up to half marathon level.

And has beenraising money for charity for a number of years.

He held a fundraising event for his 30th birthday in 2009 and raised £575 for the spinal unit at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital where his dad spent five months following his accident.

In the same year, Iain took part in the Moray Marathon and in 2010 joined Peterhead Jogscotland.

Since then, Iain has increased the number of times he trains and made many friends along the way.

Iain was one of around 12 people from the Peterhead Jogscotland group who took part in the Edinburgh Marathon.

Spinal Injuries Scotland is a national voluntary organisation concerned with new and long-term spinal cord injured people, their relatives and friends, along with those involved in the management, care and rehabilitation of the injury.

SIS provides immediate support through the office-based Information Service and operate a self-referral information line.

Commenting on his recent success, Iain said: “The warm weather took it out of me and towards the end my legs were in bits, but it was well worth the effort. A total of £1,004.60 was raised between paper sponsors and my JustGiving page.

“I would like to thank everyone who donated and I would also like to thank the people of Edinburgh and Mussleburgh for creating a fantastic atmosphere.”

Iain’s ‘JustGiving’ page is still open for anyone who would like to donate to the charity.

The page can be found at www.justgiving.com/Iain-wood4