Marathon man raises over £700 for dialysis unit

An Aberdeenshire oil and gas worker has successfully raised over £700 for the Stonehaven Kidney Dialysis Unit after running five marathons across the length and breadth of Scotland and beyond.

Raymond Black (44) who works for Aker Solutions in Portlethen has already signed up for his next run, the D33, a 33 mile run from the Duthie Park to Banchory next year.

The Kidney Dialysis Unit is one of Aker Solutions official charities for 2012. The company supports the cause throughout the year to help raise money and spread awareness.

Raymond took up running just four years ago in an effort to lose weight, but two years in, he decided to take his gentle jogs a little more seriously and signed up for his very first half marathon.

To prepare, Raymond embarks on a vigorous 16 week training regime and allows four to six weeks between each feat to recover by cutting his distance down.

He said: “Running five marathons has been a real test of my endurance, there were blisters, bumps and bruises along the way, but the rigorous training regimes paid off and I’m already thinking of what I could do next in an effort to raise even more money for charity.

“I am extremely grateful to everyone who has shown their support and sponsored me.

“I decided to run in aid of the Kidney Dialysis Unit when a colleague of mine was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and had to be put on the transplant register to receive a donor kidney.

“A dialysis unit south of Aberdeen City is desperately needed to provide local treatment for patients requiring kidney dialysis. It’s a very credible and worthy cause which is making a real difference to the lives of those suffering from kidney failure across the region.”