Midlothian friends to run for Sick Kids

James Farrer, McNeill Place, Loanhead who will be running the Edinburgh marathon in aid of the Sick Kids
James Farrer, McNeill Place, Loanhead who will be running the Edinburgh marathon in aid of the Sick Kids

Two friends have embarked on a four-month training programme to run the Edinburgh Marathon.

James Farrer and Tom Edwards have two reasons for undertaking the 26-mile challenge – to get fit and raise vital funds for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.

James (24), from McNeill Place, Loanhead, felt he needed to do more with his life: “I was getting fed up of doing the same old things young people do – socialising at weekends, getting drunk. It wasn’t purposeful and it wasn’t helping anybody. I decided it was time to do something.”

Tom (24), who is originally from Bonnyrigg, said: “I needed to stop smoking, cut down my drinking and needed to lose weight. It is a good challenge, and we will be raising money for the Sick Kids.”

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