Twenty-three years after running his first London Marathon a Peterhead GP has decided to call it a day.
Dr Iain Small took part in the London run two weeks ago, and now says it was his final city marathon.
During those 23 years, the Small family has notched up an impressive total of 14 London Marathons between them; Iain leading the way way with six London finishes, daughters Lorna (five) and Claire (two) follow on, with Iain’s wife Christine also completing the 26.2 mile course two years ago.
Youngest daughter Alison is already in training for her first event next April.
This year, ‘team Small’ was made up of Iain and Lorna, who ran to raise funds for Asthma UK.
“We have supported Asthma UK for more than 20 years in our running efforts,” said Iain.
“I have had Asthma since my teens, and have been generous enough to pass it on to all four of our children.”
This year saw the pair cover every step of the course together, with Lorna keeping her father going through the tough miles round the Isle of Dogs.
“Ten years ago, my Dad dragged me through my first Marathon, it was a real privilege to drag him through his last,” said Lorna.
The Small family are hosting a Marathon Ball at the town’s Palace Hotel on Saturday, May 10, to celebrate the end of an era, and to raise funds for the vital research and support provided to the 5 million people in the UK who, like them, suffer from Asthma. Tickets are available at the Palace Hotel, Symposium Coffee House and Peterhead Health Centre.
“We would love to see the event as an opportunity for the running community, past and present, to meet up and celebrate their achievements, and as an opportunity to thank them for their support over the years” said Iain. “We would also love to see people whose lives have been affected by Asthma, and of course friends family and colleagues” added Lorna.