A local couple are preparing to run the London Marathon together for the fifth time in a row.
Stuart and Carol-ann Main, both of Peterhead, have raised over £20,000 throughout the years to support Fertility Scotland and Children with Cancer.
Stuart works at the Apache SAGE gas plant at St Fergus while Carol-ann is the manageress of recently opened Shoes at QSP, Peterhead.
The couple have been married for 23 years and have three sons Christopher, 23, Shaun, 21, and Andrew, 15.
Explaining where the idea to join the marathon came from, Stuart said: “I had taken up jogging to lose weight in 2004 after my weight had ballooned to nearly 21 stone.
“I had done a few half marathons before I got into the 2010 London Marathon through the ballot. I didn’t tell a soul I had entered the ballot until I found out I was in.
“Carol-ann decided she didn’t want to miss out so managed to get in through the Fertility Scotland charity a few weeks later.
Talking about how his wife got involved he said: “Carol-ann was happy as the photographer, supporter and jacket holder when I first took up running until the beginning of 2009 when she decided to give it a go herself after being inspired by others she saw at running events we attended.
“Before running the 2010 marathon, the furthest she had ran was 10k.”
Carol-ann has been the driving force behind the couple’s fundraising efforts by giving up her spare time to participate in a number of events including raffles, Bonus Ball and bag packs in local supermarkets, as well as making and selling homemade toffee.
Stuart said: “The boys and I are very, very proud of Carol-ann for all the hard work she has done for charity and the great effort she has put in during training and the Marathon over the last five years.
“We go out on short runs during weeknights and use a Sunday for long runs.
“Training can be boring as you up the miles and it has taken a toll on both of us, especially Carol-ann who has been suffering from a very sore hip for the last few years and has had to get injections to keep going.”
Looking to the future, Stuart said: “We have both promised each other that this will be our fifth and final marathon, but we also said that back in 2010 after our first one!”
The 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon will take place in just over two months time on Sunday, April 13.
To sponsor Stuart and Carol-ann, visit their online fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/stuartandcarolannmain.