Alastair McMurray, the Managing Director of medac Pharma – a Pharmaceutical Company based in Stirling is undertaking a mammoth Sportathon for 3 charities over the months of August and September this year.
In completing this he is hoping to raise £100,000 to split equally between Bloodwise, Bowel Cancer UK and the Brain Tumour Charity.
After raising over £30,000 running 30 half marathons in 30 days 7 years ago, Ally has decided to up the ante and set himself an even more difficult challenge to try and raise over 3 times this amount.
His challenge involves;
– Tennis for 12 hours (the longest match in history was 11 hours, over 3 days)
– Cycling from Lands End to John O’ Groats (10 days – 120 miles per day)
– Swimming 20 Kilometres (this will take around 10-11 hours)
– Running 30 half marathons in 30 days (each one must be under 2 hours)
Both Ally and medac Pharma as a company will be documenting his efforts over social media and will be looking for sponsorship from both businesses and individuals to help him reach his target. In return for sponsorship Ally will wear t-shirts promoting businesses when he undertakes different parts of his challenge.
“These 3 charities deal with cancers that have affected friends and family close to me” Says Ally, 58. “I know that these charities don’t get as many donations as other cancer charities so I wanted to try and raise a good chunk of money for them and also help raise awareness of the work that they do. ”
Ally has been training hard but not all the sports come naturally to him; “I enjoy tennis, running and cycling, but I’m not a keen swimmer. The relentlessness of this is a real challenge for a bloke my age. 30 half marathons the first time back in 2011 was hard enough without having done all these other sports beforehand! My longest cycle is 65 miles, most I’ve ever played tennis is a couple of hours. I’ve never swam any sort of long distance – that will certainly be my biggest challenge.”
“Over the last few years I’ve had 3 knee operations, 2 shoulder procedures and suffered a herniated disc in my neck (incidentally from a cycling accident). I’ve had very limited time to train so far and really
need to get going and start taking what I’ve agreed to do seriously. Seeing sponsorship money come in will really inspire me to get moving and try my best to complete this monster challenge I have set myself.”
Katie Grier from The Brain Tumour Charity says the company are “bowled over” by Ally’s effort.
“Even one of the challenges he’s set himself would be tough enough, but to tackle them all is truly awe-inspiring. The money he raises will help us to make a real difference for patients and families affected by a brain tumour.
Every penny will move us further along the road towards our twin goals: to double brain tumour survival and halve the harm caused by this disease, which devastates too many lives.”
The first part of Ally’s challenge takes place at Stirling Lawn Tennis and Squash Club in the 3rd of August.