Marathon man runs for dad and reporter

Brian Thomsonwith his dog Jake
Brian Thomsonwith his dog Jake

A Rosewell man is set to take on the Edinburgh Marathon again, this time in memory of his father and Advertiser reporter Craig Finlay.

Brian Thomson (60), raised money for Marie Curie Cancer last year and will now run for the British Heart Foundation in memory of his dad and for Craig, who passed away last July, and will raise money for one of the reporter’s favourite charities, the SSPCA.

He said: “Last year my mother was being treated for cancer so I just wanted to do something. You do your best but you feel quite helpless as there is not a lot you could do and she was over the moon when she saw how much money I was raising. Unfortunately she passed away six days before the marathon.

“Craig was brilliant about the whole thing when he covered the story on the front page. He was talking about the marathon, saying it was something he wanted to do. He was a young guy so I could not believe it when I heard about his passing. Dying so young, it was a real shame.

“I had decided to do it again as I’m now 60 and my dad died on his 60th birthday in 1989. He was a well-known guy. He worked for Thomson Plumbers and was a handyman at Dalkeith High School.

“So I just wanted to do it one more time, for the British Heart Foundation in memory of him, and Craig.”

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