Former Northern Ireland 10,000m champion runner John Tracey is dusting off his trainers to run not one, but two marathons to raise money for Sense Scotland.
The 45-year-old Stonehouse man, originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland, works for the charity and wants to raise money to help them provide vital services for disabled children and adults throughout Scotland. John will run the London Marathon on Sunday, April 22 and the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 27.
The dad-of-three said: “It’s been a long time since I ran a marathon but I’m going to attempt two within a five week period, treating London as a ‘practice’ run and Edinburgh as my main one to get a better time.
“A fast time would be nice but my main motivation is to try and raise at least £500 for Sense Scotland.”
In his younger days John was a member of various athletics clubs, including North Belfast Harriers, and represented Northern Ireland in various competitions including cross-country and the 10,000m for which he was the national champion.
But work and family commitments saw him move away from athletics. After moving to Scotland in December last year he joined Sense Scotland as Assistant Head of Finance in their Glasgow office.
He added: “I work in the finance department there, so I’m not at the coal-face and I really wanted to do something which contributes to the fantastic work we do.
“Our vision is to help people live meaningful lives in a world which supports them achieve their own ambitions. By running these marathons and achieving a personal goal I hope it helps others do the same.”
People can sponsor John via his JustGiving page.