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Morag’s marathon inspired by aunt’s battle

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Morag's marathon inspired by aunt's battle

IT’S taken over a decade for Morag Kell to finally secure a place in today’s London Marathon.

It’s been eight years since the teacher from Annan last ran a marathon and at that time she said she’d never do it again . . . unless she got a London Marathon ballot place.

Morag said: “I thought that was an empty promise that’d never happen after over a decade of annual rejections (12, I think)!

“However, this year I got a place, so here I am, back out of marathon retirement, and feeling very nervous as the day gets closer.”

Her fitness is up to scratch after 16 weeks of training but the main thing that will be spurring her on round the 26.2 mile capital course is raising as much money as possible for her chosen charity.

She’s running for MND Scotland in honour of her beloved Auntie Liz, who passed away from the disease in 2016.

That same year Morag raised £1900 for the charity and this year her total is already at £1395, with donations still being accepted.

She added: “Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a horrendous, cruel, devastating disease, and MND Scotland need every penny anyone can spare in their joint bids to find a cure, and to support families of those suffering from the disease. They’re the only Scottish charity doing this. “If you could spare anything at all it’ll spur me on to get through the miles and it would be so appreciated.

“Sponsoring me will help MND Scotland to provide practical, financial, and emotional support to people affected by MND.”

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