Marathon training provides local MP with break from Brexit

Brexit is not getting in the way of John Lamont’s marathon efforts for Marie Curie Scotland, the MP has said.

John Lamont is set to run the London Marathon next month and hopes to raise £5000 for Marie Curie Scotland. The charity has agreed to use all money raised to pay for 250 hours of at-home Marie Curie nursing care giving patients in the Borders the choice to spend their final days with family and in familiar surroundings.

Over the weekend, joined fellow MP Luke Graham to run the Alloa Half Marathon, as part of his training. John completed the half in 1 hour 35 minutes and 28 seconds.

This will be John’s 4th marathon, following New York in 2011, Edinburgh in 2012 and London in 2018. Last year, John raised nearly £4,000 for MND Scotland and the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. John is also the only MP to have completed an Ironman Triathlon.

John Lamont MP said: “My thanks go to everyone who has donated so far, it has really helped with the training.

“It’s been a busy time over the past few weeks and months which has made fitting in time to train a challenge. However, running is a great way to unwind so it’s been good to have a reason to get out the door. I was pleased to get round a half marathon in Alloa with my colleague Luke Graham MP, so the training seems to be going well.

“I am running for a fantastic local cause. All the money I raise will go to the fantastic local Marie Curie team in the Borders. Their dedicated nurses provide the type of end of life care we all want for our loved ones. This work makes a huge amount of difference to people to people with terminal illnesses and their families.

“My target next is to pay for 250 hours of care for terminally ill patients, giving them the choice to spend their final days at home, surrounded by loved ones in familiar surroundings.”