When the 2014 London marathon kicks off this Sunday, a Stonehaven mother-of-three will be among the runners hoping to complete the gruelling 26-mile route.
Amanda Cowie, from Stonehaven, will take on the world famous course - her first marathon - as a personal challenge to mark her approaching 40th birthday in May, but more significantly, to help raise funds and awareness for the Milltown Community in Arbuthnott.
Amanda, who works full-time, has been sticking to a rigid training regime in preparation for the race, which was made more difficult after a fall caused her to break two of her fingers. She said: “You wouldn’t think it would hamper running, but the vibration really makes your fingers throb and it’s quite painful.”
Amanda chose to support the Milltown community after her son Jamie began going there.
Jamie (19), describes the community, which offers a range of skills such as woodwork, metalwork, and gardening, as “one big family”. He added: “This is a big thing for Milltown and we are all proud of her. What mum is doing will help us raise our profile and the money she raises will help us to expand even further.” Jamie will accompany his mother to London, and Amanda says that knowing he will be there at the finish line will be her motivation to complete the course.
Workshop co-ordinator Gail Riley said: “It’s amazing that Amanda has chosen us. I take my hat off to her, it doesn’t look easy. We’re all delighted.”