When Andrew McBride started running in February, he didn’t expect to be running through two storms and Covid-19.
He’s now completed his challenge of 50 days of 5kms between 15th February to 4th April.
In the process he’s raised over £1750 for Pancreatic Cancer Scotland (PCS). His inspiration is his wife, Julie.
Ten years ago, the couple from Balloch had their world turned upside down. The newly married couple had returned from honeymoon and Julie, who was 35 at the time, was diagnosed with a tumour in her bile duct.
Julie is now well, and the couple also have a beautiful daughter Lily, who has made their family complete.
The family, with support from their friends have been long-time supporters of PCS, with Julie being determined to raise as much awareness as she can of the world’s toughest cancer.
Meanwhile husband Andrew, has shown his own determination. He kept running, even when external challenges out-with his control kept appearing to knock him off track.
He ran through Storm Ciara, then Storm Denis, and then the world was hit with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Julie said: “I’m very proud of him but I never doubted he would do it. Every night, come hail, rain or shine – he would get out there and run, he was very determined, and he just kept on going. It’s a great achievement.”
Painter and decorator, Andrew, would go running every night around Balloch and in the process he has managed to quicken his pace, from running 5k in 31 minutes to reducing this to 26 minutes. He’s also lost a bit of weight and Julie joked ” now he needs a belt to keep his jeans up!”
While under a ‘lockdown’ situation, it will be a while before he can buy some new jeans – so meanwhile, a belt will have to do.
Recognising that the current Covid-19 crisis makes fundraising a difficult ask, Julie is especially grateful for the amount of amazing support they have received from their family and friends.
This year the McBride family set themselves a target to raise £5,000 for PCS. As well as Andrew’s 5ks, Julie also has some other plans. She has amassed some amazing raffle prizes and has plans for various events at her local Co-Op.
While her plans are a little on hold, Julie will be adapting and resuming everything later on this year, and she’ll also be lighting up some of her local landmarks purple for World Pancreatic Cancer Day on Thursday 19th November 2020.
Well done Andrew on completing your challenge and thanks to the McBride family for your continued support.
If you would like to support Andrew or learn more about the McBride’s year of fundraising please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-mcbride7