From Dunbar to Portobello – Colin’s marathon for the ME Association

From the East Lothian Courier, 2 April 2010

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A first-time marathon runner is taking on a 26.2-mile route through the  streets of East Lothian tomorrow (Saturday), powering through the fatigue barrier – to experience what his daughter goes through every day.

Fifty-year-old Colin McFarlane, who lives at Weatherley Farmhouse near Innerwick, is pounding the pavements in aid of a charity supporting ME sufferers such as his daughter Jodie, 30.

Jodie, who lives in Edinburgh’s Portobello area, has had the illness for the past six years.

It can leave her exhausted after every day tasks, and she needs two or three hours sleep every afternoon to enable her to get through the day.

The illness has been described by one sufferer as like living with “an abusive partner”.

Jodie gave birth to her daughter, Adamay, 22 months ago and the lack of understanding my medical staff during the birth and the wider public to her tiring condition has led to dad Colin attempting to raise awareness of ME.

He’s already raised more than £500 for charity the ME Association and thinks he could total £1,000 by the time his run to Portobello starts at 10am tomorrow.

Colin told the Courier: “ME doesn’t get an awful lot of publicity, it’s really misunderstood.

“Unless you ctually know somebody before they have it and after they have it, it’s difficult to understand. It’s a terrible illness.”

 Mr McFarlane is visiting several locations on his marathon run.

He added: “The idea is that I’m from Haddington, my wife is from Dunbar and my daughter is in Portobello.

“We’re East Lothian people and I’ll be going along the old A1, taking in Tyninghame, East Linton, Haddington, Macmerry, Tranent and Musselburgh on the way.”

Colin is well on his way to achieving his target £1,000. To make a secure online donation to his fundraising page, please click on the link below.

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