Fundraising Fiona taking on Virtual Kilomathon 13.1K in tribute to friend Cath

Fiona McRobbie will be thinking of her ‘fabulous friend’ Cath when she takes on her Virtual Kilomathon 13.1K on Sunday 11th April.

Fiona, from Linlithgow, is using the event to fundraise for MND Scotland in support of her friend Cath.

“I’m running for Cath. Cath lives in Linlithgow with her husband and has 2 girls, she is the life and soul of the party. She was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2019 and has been amazing – she never stops smiling!” Fiona told us.

Despite the whole family’s positivity, they were rocked when the pandemic brought an end to many of their fundraising plans, curtailing social visits and disrupting important medical appointments.

“I can’t imagine how difficult that has been for them all. We are hoping that if restrictions lessen they will be able to meet up with family and friends again soon.”

MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. MND Scotland is the leading charity in Scotland providing care and support to people affected by MND, as well as funding vital research into finding a cure. Cath and husband Alan have been taken aback by the level of support they’ve received from the charity.

“They have helped to make their lives easier and I know they are keen to raise as much awareness and funds for MND Scotland as they can and if I can do anything to help at all I will.”

Fiona describes herself as a ‘social runner’ who enjoys running for the fresh air and feel-good factor, not usually going further than 5K at a time. She explained that her motivation to raise as much money as possible was behind her pushing herself to the 13.1K distance.

“I chose the 13.1K rather than the 6.5K so I would have to push myself and find it difficult. When asking people to donate, I want them to know it’s not something I would complete easily!”

Training has had its ups and downs for Fiona, who is currently suffering from a knee injury. However, she won’t let that hold her back and says she will even power walk if required!

“I’m determined to do it – promoting MND awareness in my race t-shirt and raising any funds I can.”

Fiona is ready to finally get the challenge under her belt after what feels like a long year, and has her race route planned already.

“I’m just excited to give the money raised to MND Scotland. As we can’t travel outside our area I’ve chosen to complete a route along the Union Canal from Broxburn to Linlithgow, I’m so lucky to have it on my doorstep, there will be some stunning scenery and wildlife along the way.”

We want to wish a huge good luck to Fiona – we’re sure you’ll smash it!

If you’d like to donate to Fiona’s fundraising efforts, you can do so via the link below.Fiona’s JustGiving Page