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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Andrew is all go with 100 mile running challenge

AN ANNAN dad is running 11 races in ten months, totalling over 100 miles, to raise awareness for MND Scotland.

Andrew Robertson, 40, who now lives in Langport Somerset, is planning to run the races in tribute to his mother Anne Robertson, 65, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), a rapidly progressing terminal illness, in October 2015.
Andrew said: “When Mum told us that she had been diagnosed with MND it came as a bit of a shock, but like most things we took it in our stride.
“We went onto the Internet to find out what it was, what to expect and how to deal with it.
“Our lack of knowledge has made me more determined to raise awareness and understanding of it through my fundraising.”
Anne, who still lives in Annan, first noticed something might be wrong when her friends began pointing out her weight loss and speech discrepancies, which she initially put down to ill fitting false teeth.
She said: “In December 2014, when I went to the doctors with a build-up of mucus in my airways, The doctor picked up my speech was slurred so he started to do blood tests, and referred me to a neurologist for an MRI scan and a speech therapist for nerve tests.
“After lots of checks I was finally given a diagnosis of MND in October 2015.
“I have received fantastic care since my diagnosis from my MND nurse and consultant, to my speech and language therapist and dietician.
“I have also had a lot of support from MND Scotland. I have used their complementary therapy service and the massages really help me relax.”
Andrew has already completed three races, including The Yeovil Half Marathon, Longleat 10k and Taunton Half Marathon.
He is also set to compete north of border for the Edinburgh Half Marathon on May 28.
Andrew is aiming to raise £750 for MND Scotland and has already reached over £600.
He said: “I’ve lived in England for a long time now but decided to raise funds for MND Scotland because they have been a fantastic support to my mum and I wanted to give something back and help them find a cure for this horrible disease.”

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