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Elgin Dramathon entrant John Anderson gets set to run seven marathons in seven days for local children's cancer charity Logan's Fund

By Lorna Thompson

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AN ELGIN man will keep on running after this weekend's Dramathon – aiming to complete seven marathons in seven days.

Moray Road Runners member John Anderson (41) will kick off his challenge by taking part in the 42km Full Dram race at the Speyside event this Saturday, October 16.

He will then pull on his trainers for the following six consecutive days to complete nearly 300km over the week to raise money for Lossiemouth-based children's cancer charity Logan's Fund.

The fourth edition of the Speyside Single Malt Whisky Marathon – aka The Dramathon – will see more than 1500 runners descend on Moray.

The event was last held in 2019.

John, who runs the Staging Post Bar in Bucksburn, is no stranger in extreme running. He recently took second place in the Moray Way 100-mile Ultra race and ran the same distance last year for charity.

He is one of five runners getting set to boost Logan's Fund at this year's Dramathon.

Gary Ewen, from Garmouth, and Ryan Anderson, from Elgin, will take part in the Full Dram race alongside John. Meanwhile, Matthew Berry, from Cawdor, and Neil Crookston, from Craigellachie, will run the 21km Half Dram.

Moray Road Runner John Anderson will kick off his seven in seven challenge at the Dramathon on Speyside this Saturday.
Moray Road Runner John Anderson will kick off his seven in seven challenge at the Dramathon on Speyside this Saturday.

John said: "This is the first time I have ran the Dramathon. I was given a place from Logan’s Fund so decided to push it a bit more and increase it to the seven in seven to try and raise a bit more money for them.

"Hopefully it gets a bit more attention this way and people throw a few quid in.

"As far as running the marathons go, I don’t struggle with the distance but I’ve never ran seven in seven. Apparently it’s hard – I'll find out.

"The only thing is it’s coming just two weeks after running the Moray Way 100-mile Ultra so can still feel that in my legs a bit."

Logan's Fund chairman Cameron Mackintosh said: "Logan's Fund were delighted to once again be gifted charity spaces for the event on October 16. We had a fantastic response with our five spaces filling up quickly.

"All the Logan's Fund runners have their own sponsorship pages set up and we are delighted to have them represent us.

"One of the Dramathon event partners, Whisky Auctioneer from Perth, has once again so kindly donated a top-quality bottle of malt whisky to Logan's Fund to raffle at the event."

The Full Dram runners will set off from Glenfarclas Distillery. The Half Dram begins at Tamdhu Distillery, while the 10km Wee Dram starts in Aberlour. Each race will finish at Glenfiddich Distillery, the home of the event's main sponsors.

This year athletes are being offered the chance to forgo their finisher T-shirt and opt to "plant a tree for me" in a collaboration with Findhorn-based charity Trees for Life for its rewilding project at Dundreggan, near Fort Augustus.

To sponsor John visit his JustGiving page.

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