On 13th April 2014 Golspie based Paramedic Stuart Richardson is Running the London Marathon. Having moved to the Highlands in 2005 from his home city of Chester, Stuart joined the Ambulance Service in May 2010. Completing the technician course at Barony Castle he took up a role as relief technician at Golspie Station and followed this up by qualifying as a paramedic this summer. Stuart (37) is aiming to raise at least £1500 in aid of WellChild, a charity which provides practical and emotional support for seriously ill young people and their carers. Although having completed the Great North Run (half marathon), 1999 in aid of a children’s hospice on Mersyside and again in 2009 in aid of Leukaemia Research, Stuart is not a runner and is having to train from scratch to enable him to complete the Marathon.
He started his training on the 1st September with a run of 2 miles in 28 mins he has steadily increased his distance and on the 10th Nov managed to run 7 miles in 1hr 2mins. He is aiming to continue to increase the time and distance ran over the next 5 months until the event on 13th April 2014. Having been inspired by watching this years London Marathon, Stuart decided to apply as running a Marathon is on his ‘bucket list’ and feels there is no point completing such an event and putting himself through so much pain and suffering without doing it for a good cause. In order to meet his target of £1500 Stuart is also going to hold other events such as quiz night, race night and a golf completion. Any sponsorship will be greatly received, with people being able to donate by visiting www.justgiving.com/sturich.
Posted: 17th November 2013