Blue Toon Buddies prepare for London marathon

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A GROUP of Peterhead joggers are preparing to tackle the London Marathon to raise funds for a national children’s charity.

Dawn-Ann Beattie, Liz McIntosh and father and daughter Sandy and Angela Hastie hope to raise £10,000 for Get Kids Going! - a national charity aimed at helping disabled children and young people take part in sports - before April’s race.

So far, the ‘Blue Toon Buddies’ have raised almost £800 and hope to collect much more before they don their kilts and take on the 26 mile challenge.

Relatively new to the sport, the three mums met through jogging club Jog Scotland less than two years ago (although Dawn-Ann and Liz remembered each other from school) and instantly recognised in each other a passion for the sport.

“I used to power walk before joining Jog Scotland,” says A&E Receptionist and mum of two Dawn-Ann (43), “Now when we all go out running, we’ll say ‘let’s just do 10k’ and we’ll feel short changed if we don’t do it.”

Training several times per week with Jog Scotland and in their own time, the three women say they can’t wait to jet off to London for their most challenging race so far.

The chums decided to tackle the world famous marathon after completing half marathons in Dundee and Inverness last summer, as well as Fraserburgh’s half marathon and the BRG Challenge, and Get Kids Going! seemed like the perfect beneficiary for their fundraising efforts.

Mum of one Angela (34) said: “We decided to run for Get Kids Going! because we’re all into sport and wanted to put something towards helping children with disabilities get into it too. We’ve raised £780 so far - just another £8,000 to go!”

“I always thought I could do it,” says Play Worker and self-confessed fitness fan Liz (44), “I’ve had a go at every exercise class going - recently its been zumba. We’ve all been training and gearing each other on.”

Administrator Angela adds: “To say jogging is addictive is an understatement! My Dad has always been into it and he’s in fantastic shape considering he’s 60 now. We’re looking forward to finishing the marathon, raising money for charity and representing our home town.”

Head down to the Blue Toon Buddies’ fundraising pub quiz at Masons tonight (Tuesday November 15) at 7pm. Entry is £10 for a team of four, with first, second, third and boobie prizes.

The joggers have also organised a Christmas Fayre, a bag back at Morisson’s on December 23 and an 80s disco in March. Watch this space for more details.

Those wishing to donate to this worthy cause can log on to www.virginmoneygiving/bluetoonbuddies.