Beast Race less than three weeks away

Primefour Beast Race, Aldourie.''Picture: Paul Campbell Photography.
Primefour Beast Race, Aldourie.''Picture: Paul Campbell Photography.

With the Beast Race just three weeks away, it is the turn of Mearns Leader reporter Lee McCann to fill you in with how is training is going.

Last week we heard from self appointed team captain of the Sprint Journalism team and Deeside Piper reporter Martyn Simpson.

With the Beast Race getting closer we want to highlight your stories and why you are getting involved with the Beast Race as well as give you an insight into the five man journalism team.

Lee, the middle child age wise of the group and longest serving reporter with Johnston Press said this week his training was ‘going well’.

Lee said: “I’ve been with Johnston Press longest out of the five of us and I will definitely be the longest in the Beast Race. I said in an article two weeks ago how terrified I was of this race mainly due to my lack of fitness.

“The main form of exercise I get is from walking around the golf course. However I’ve been taking this race very seriously and been taking part in a ‘couch to 10k’ training regime online. I’ve got three weeks left which equates to around eight runs before I get to the race in Banchory on September 26.

“Going to the gym as a ‘big man’ can be daunting as I do feel very self conscious running having to star at myself in a mirror, but the staff and patrons at the gym I’ve been going to have been amazing. I have yet to feel silly about asking any questions and have managed to complete around 20 runs so far. Anyone who has seen me at the gym I apologise for being a sweaty beast, however I imagine I’ll be worse at the end of the Beast Race.”

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