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bto at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival

16 May 2014

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Eleven bto runners are taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF) on Sunday 25th May 2014, raising funds for bto's chosen charity this year, Beatson Cancer Charity. We have teams from both the Glasgow and Edinburgh offices, running the EMF Hairy Haggis Team Relay, and three individual runners taking part in the EMF Half Marathon.

If you would like to donate to the Beatson Cancer Charity you can go to our JustGiving page here:

Team -EMF

Described as ‘Flat & Fast’, the route starts at Edinburgh's London Road and Regent Road and then heads round Holyrood Park, along Queens Drive to London Road. The route carries on down Lochend Road, through Leith, towards the coast before heading along to Musselburgh then the fishing areas of Cockenzie and Port Seton. Next, runners pass through the grounds of Gosford House. Finally, the last stretch takes runners back along the coast to Port Seaton promenade before finishing at Musselburgh Racecourse.

EMF Half Marathon

Running the EMF Half Marathon, a leg burning distance of 13.1 miles, is Paul Motion, Jill Harris from our Edinburgh office and Kim McLeod from our Glasgow office.

Paul MotionPaul Motion, Partner & Solicitor Advocate
"I have lost several very good friends and family to cancer, several of them younger than me. All of them had children. The Godfather of our first child died of a brain tumour when he was just 38 and he was one of the most brilliant minds I’ve ever encountered. A friend who was a superb rower died when she was only 44. Last November a friend who was a runner and fitness enthusiast lost her battle with pancreatic cancer at 53. So I am running the half marathon because I still have my health and want to make a difference to cancer research."

Kim MacLeodKim McLeod, Trainee Solicitor
"I am running the half marathon. After running the Glasgow 10k with others from bto in October last year I got the buzz for running and decided to push myself to the next level and run my first half marathon. I am hoping that weeks of painful training will help to raise money for a charity that is such a fantastic cause."


Jill HarrisJill Harris, Solicitor
“This will be my first experience of running a half marathon, which is all a bit scary! However, it’s great the bto team is undertaking the EMF challenge in order to support such a fantastic cause as The Beatson. It makes it all worthwhile.”


The EMF Hairy Haggis Team Relay

The relay course follows the Edinburgh Marathon route, and the relay teams have to cover between them the whopping 26.2 miles marathon course.

Meet the Glasgow office team running the EMF Hairy Haggis Team Relay:

Ross BrownRoss Brown, Senior Solicitor
"I will be doing one of the eight mile legs of the relay as part of the Glasgow office team.  I have several clients who speak very highly of it and wish to make provision for a legacy to it in their Will.  It is clear that the help and support it provides is essential to many people."



Lewis MacdonaldLewis Macdonald, Trainee Solicitor
“I’m running the marathon relay with Ross, Lindsay and Calum, as part of the Glasgow office team. The Beatson Cancer Charity provides an essential service for people when they need it most. I’m looking forward to raising as much money as possible for them.”


Lindsay MacNeilLindsay MacNeill, Solicitor
"I am running a leg of the ‘Hairy Haggis Relay’ for Team Glasgow - no doubt stopping Ross, Lewis and Calum setting a course record. I am very proud to be part of such a big bto team fundraising for the Beatson Cancer Charity and I hope we can raise a significant amount to help this fantastic cause. I will be running for family and friends treated and supported by the team at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre."

Calum SweeneyCalum Sweeney, Solicitor
“I have also lost family members to cancer. I’m only too happy to do my bit to support a charity which helps in so many different ways.”




And meet the Edinburgh office team running the EMF Hairy Haggis Team Relay:

Calum SweeneyLindsay Urquhart, Associate
"I started running to get fit, now I am really looking forward to running in a team with my colleagues and supporting the Beatson Cancer Charity, being part of a team has helped me to stay focused on my training as I don’t want to let them down on the day. Thanks to them for pushing me to go the extra mile."



Laura IrvineLaura Irvine, Associate
"I am running with colleagues for the bto chosen charity which is a very worthy cause. Run club has been a great way to de-stress with colleagues and get fit. Thanks to everyone in run club who puts up with my snail’s pace!!"


Lesley GordonLesley Gordon, Partner
"I'm running my first ever race as part of the Edinburgh office relay team. I was inspired to join in with the office team running for such a good cause and although the relay sounds like the easier option, with 4.4 miles for me to get through, it is still no mean feat. I’m hoping the 'gain' after the 'pain' will be for the Beatson Cancer Charity, that relies on you and me to fundraise so that they can continue to provide the wonderful resources at a time of great need. Whether it's receiving cutting edge treatment, having your hair and nails done or simply escaping for some peace and quiet, the Beatson Cancer Charity is there to help."


Ashley MawbyAshley Mawby, Partner
“I’ll be running as part of the Edinburgh office relay team along with Lesley, Laura and Lindsay.  Although a last minute addition to the team, I’m happy to run for the Beatson Cancer Charity.  Their work funds the development of pioneering treatments, ground breaking techniques and innovative research at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.”

To help our runners achieve a great fundraising total for the Beatson Cancer Charity, please donate via our JustGiving page here:

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