Scott Alexander is busy training for his Kilomathon 13.1K challenge on Sunday 8th April; a challenge which is about much more than just the run.
Scott will be raising funds for local charity SANDS Lothians after seeing his step-daughter Louise endure the unthinkable tragedy of losing five babies in recent years, he said:
“Investigation into why Louise could not carry, revealed a heart shaped uterus. This condition restricts the room in which the baby can grow, therefore limiting the chances of a successful carriage. She has now had corrective surgery so hopefully success will follow the next time she conceives.”
On fundraising for SANDS Lothians, who work to provide support for families following the death of a baby, Scott said:
“I chose to fundraise for SANDS Lothians after the fourth baby, which Louise carried to 24 weeks and had to give birth to. She went to some SANDS meetings and they helped her see she was not alone in having to go through these tragic events.
“Further to this, SANDS also help the fathers as they can often be forgotten about in these situations. When a baby is lost, as well as the mother suffering, there is often a whole family behind them suffering too. Fathers, siblings, grandparents, aunties and uncles all miss out on first birthdays, first Christmases, first day of school, exam results; all events that can now never be shared, only dreamt about.”
While Scott admits he is by no means a natural runner, his cause will surely give him an extra boost when he needs it most. You read more and donate to Scott’s JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/scott-alexander5.
Kilomathon takes place on Sunday 8th April 2018, offering a completely unique running challenge on Edinburgh’s beautiful cycle paths. If you’d like to join Scott and run for charity at Kilomathon 2018, there’s still time! Charity entries close on Wednesday 4th April at 5pm, head to https://www.kilomathon.com/run-for-charity/.
Standard entries for the 13.1K and Mini Kilo for kids aged 6-14 years are also available until 5pm Monday 26th March, with a late entry period to follow, visit https://www.kilomathon.com/.
Scott has also entered the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Half Marathon on Sunday 27th May, seven weeks after his Kilomathon 13.1K challenge.