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Marie takes the crown

Runner completes three ultra-marathons in aid of new day centre

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By Zac Hannay
Annan and Eskdale
Marie takes the crown
CHEER . . . some of the members and staff from Annan Day Centre celebrate with Marie

ANNAN’S Marie Marshall has completed her third and final ultra marathon challenge in aid of Annan Day Centre’s new build project.

The ADAC athlete finished the 42 mile Devil of the Highlands race last weekend in tenth place overall, third in the Female 40 category.

Her challenge – known as the triple crown – consisted of a trio of the toughest ultra marathons in Scotland. They were, in order, The Highland Fling, the West Highland Way Race’ and the Devil of the Highlands.

In total, Marie covered 190 miles of terrain and climbed just under 30,000 feet.

Speaking to the Annandale Observer this week, the 42-year-old said: “It’s amazing, I did the West Highland Way Race last year but this is the first time I’ve done them all on my own.”

On why she chose to fundraise for Annan Day Centre, Marie added: “It is more about letting people have a place to go and not be lonely.

“For them to get a place of their own will be great and if I can do anything to support them then that’s great.”

To prepare for each race, Marie juggles her parenting and work commitments around daily running training and gym sessions.

She now plans to take a short break before planning her next challenge.

Everyone at Annan Day Centre is extremely proud of Marie’s achievements and grateful for her fundraising efforts, centre manager Emma Irving said: “It’s remarkable what Marie has done to bring recognition to the day centre.

“How she has done three of them I don’t know! It’s been so good to see and to share the experience with her. What she has achieved is absolutely outstanding.”

Marie would like to express her thanks to everyone who has supported her throughout the challenge.

To celebrate the feat, a triple crown fundraiser night will be held at Newington Club on Friday, September 8. There will be a race night, buffet and disco. All are welcome to attend with a 7 pm start.

The fundraising page will remain open for the time being after which a grand-total will be announced. It currently sits exactly on the target mark of £2,000.

The page can be accessed at: justgiving.com/fundraising/marie-marshall11

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