ADVENTUROUS Elidh Brown will take on her first marathon this Sunday – just six weeks after running competitively for the first time.
Elidh (33), from Archiestown, will line up in Sunday’s Moray Marathon and is relishing the 26.2 mile challenge.
She ran the Archiestown 5k last month in 32min 11sec and enjoyed the experience so much she has not stopped running.
“I did a week’s training for the 5k and really enjoyed it.”
And she has stepped up the schedule over the summer with the marathon in mind.
“I have done quite intensive training, running in the mornings and evenings and have built up the miles,” said Elidh, who has a four-year-old daughter.
“This is the first time I have run as far as this. At peak of training for the marathon, in the first two-three weeks of August, I ran 50 miles a week.”
She will be running to raise funds for the Young Friends of Knockando Woolmill Trust and the Kiltwalk charity.
Elidh, education manager with the woolmill trust, said: “I am very lucky that I get to work for the mill in a job I enjoy and find meaningful but I wanted to take on a personal challenge to see if I could go just one or two steps further to celebrate the start of the Young Friends project.”
The trust was set up in 2000 to save the mill and ensure its survival as a working mill.
Added Elidh: “Now we need to build up a committed group of young people to get involved with the mill and its development going forward, exactly the aim of the Young Friends, which will deliver fun and creative activities and events to children and young people at the mill.”
Elidh completed the Dufftown 5 Mile 5 Hill Race last month and has also taken on a 6k run as part of the Aviemore Triathlon.
She admits the step up to marathon is a big one but has taken to running like a natural.
“I had a window of opportunity to do a lot of running when my daughter was away on holiday a lot in the summer with her dad.
“I feel pretty confident about Sunday. I am not going for a fast time and just hope to get round.”
Since moving to Moray, Elidh has been taken by the community spirit and that prompted her marathon effort.
“I have met many people who put their precious free time to fundraising for their local communities in a kaleidoscopic range of imaginative and enterprising ways, for playgroups, libraries, schools, children’s’ charities and social enterprises,” she said.
“They have inspired me to do my marathon challenge.”
The Moray Marathon takes place on exactly the same day as the Speyside Kiltwalk and by taking part in the former to support the latter financially, she wishes wish to celebrate the active community spirit found here, something that she and her daughter benefit from in so many ways.”
Elidh is already planning her next event after Sunday and will line up in the 12-mile Speyside Wind Farm Run at Paul’s Hill on September 15.
She added: “The idea of doing events that involve some aspect of endurance appeals to me. My main goal for the marathon is to be able to run the whole thing and to enjoy taking part.
“Not so much really when considered in the light of the journey of a unique and historic mill that’s managed to survive and stay in production for over 200 years, when all other district mills fell by the wayside.”
Elidh has an online sponsorship page where people can support her marathon run and it is www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ElidhMyrvangBrown
The Moray Marathon combines three races in the one event, with a marathon, half-marathon and 10k, and is sponsored by The Macallan.
The marathon starts at 9.30am in the Cooper Park.The half-marathon starts at Gordonstounm while the 10k begins at Lossiemouth Cemetery, and all three races finish in the Cooper Park.