The Isle of Lismore fielded no fewer than two teams in the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May, setting a great example of what can be done in the interest of fitness and raising money for very good causes.
First time runners, Team Lismore ( Hazel, John and Jim MacCormick and Catherine Davies), ran in the relay event to raise money for a new play park in Oban and in particular for an all inclusive section of the new park to be located beside Atlantis Leisure.
They were driven by an understanding of their nephew Findlay Bruce’s needs. Findlay has cerebral palsy and would greatly benefit from having an area where he and many other Argyll children could have fun; and where parents with children with special needs could meet.
Hazel MacCormick said Team Lismore had set a target of £1000 and were amazed at the response, with donations already over £2000. Lyndsay Elliot from Friends of Oban Community Play Park says: ‘We salute team Lismore and though we still have a long way to go, anyone inspired by Team Lismore could start training for the half marathon in Oban in October’.
Also running from Lismore were Team Meddes (Gill Bridle, Josie Meddes and Rurigdh Meddes) who ran the half marathon; and Oliver Tulloch who ran the full marathon as an individual. They were raising money for Bath Cats and Dogs home [where Josie worked as a volunteer dog walker] – one of the biggest re-homing centres in the UK and relying entirely on donations.
Note: The photograph above shows Team Lismore: Donald MacCormick , Hazel MacCormick, John MacCormick, Rachel MacCormick, Jim MacCormick , Callan Bruce, Findlay Bruce and Catherine Davies.