Dalkeith marathon runner earns relay honour

An inspirational Dalkeith mum is to be part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Baton Relay.

Alison Whitley (41) will carry the torch 200m through Midlothian during the precession next month.

The distance shouldn’t prove too much of a problem for Alison – she ran 2013 miles last year, raising £3,500 for Brain Tumour Action Scotland, in memory of her friend Susan Green who passed away in 2011.

Alison, a residential child care officer for Midlothian Council, said: “I feel quite humbled and honoured to be honest. I’m very proud.

“I actually got teary eyes when I first saw the email. I told all my family immediately and they were all delighted. Everyone took the day off work, and my kids are just incredibly proud. It’s amazing.

“It’s going to be a very emotional day when I get to hold the baton. It’s local as well. It’s through Midlothian so it’ll be really great. Hopefully I get to do it close to where I live.”

Alison, who now lives in Dalkeith after recently moving from Mayfield, hasn’t stopped after last year’s incredible effort.

“I’m still running, I just got back from Vienna last week where I was running a marathon with my daughter, who’s 19 and that’s her first marathon so she did amazing. Then I’m off to Canada next week to run another one!

“I’m hoping to do a decathlon next year as well and a 100-miler in the summer.”

Alison is one of 100 Midlothian residents who will take the baton relay on June 16, when it makes its way north before arriving for the opening ceremony in Glasgow on July 23.

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