Roads staff to tackle 10k race

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A team of Aberdeenshire Council roads staff are pulling on their running shoes to join the fight to beat MS.

Gavin Penman, Stuart McFarlane, Jamie Gardiner and Darren Ross, who work in the Stonehaven office, will undertake the Stena Drilling Tartan 10k, in the beautiful grounds of Balmoral on April 28 to raise funds for the MS Society.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults. An estimated 10,500 people in Scotland have MS, with 1,400 people in the Grampian area alone having MS.

Gavin Penman said: “To encourage new people to take up running, Aberdeenshire Council were offering free places to staff who have not taken part in the event before. We are enjoying the challenge of training for a 10k and can be seen out ‘pounding the streets’ in the evenings followed by the inevitable boasting in the office the next day!

“We are all looking forward to the event and see it as a great opportunity to raise funds for the MS Society, a cause with much personal affiliation within the team. We have launched an online JustGiving page that allows people to donate online to this very worthwhile cause: http://www.justgiving.com/stonehavenroads”.

None of the roads department team would describe themselves as athletes. It is the first time any of them have run a 10k race, but they are up for the challenge.

They have been hitting the streets training for the run whenever they have any spare time.

Sarah Farquhar, Area Fundraiser for the North of Scotland said: “I am absolutely delighted that the team from Aberdeenshire Council will be taking part in the Balmoral 10k and helping to beat MS, by raising funds for the MS Society.”

Scotland has amongst the highest prevalence of MS in the world; it can strike at any time and is, as yet incurable. We rely on the support and dedication of our fundraisers in the North East to help us ensure that local people living with MS can live their life to the full until we find a cure.

Recently scientists in Edinburgh and Cambridge, who are funded by the MS Society, made a landmark breakthrough. They have discovered that it is possible to reverse or even stop the damage caused by MS. This amazing discovery gives real hope to people with MS and their families.