Running tribute

Eilidh Durston who will take part in the Great Scottish Run this Sunday in memory of Adam Lear-Jones.

Eilidh Durston who will take part in the Great Scottish Run this Sunday in memory of Adam Lear-Jones.

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WEBSTER’S High School pupil Eilidh Durston is to pay tribute to a close family friend by taking part in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish 10K run in Glasgow this Sunday.

Eilidh (16), from Eassie, was determined to pay tribute to local lad Adam Lear-Jones, who lost a seven year fight against leukaemia in June at the age of 12.

Despite being part of a family of keen runners, Eilidh only took up running a couple of months ago and this will be the fifth year pupil’s first attempt at an event of this kind.

She has been training hard for this Sunday’s 10k run for CLIC Sargent, the children’s cancer charity she holds close to her heart.

She said: “Adam was one my youngest sister Seonaid’s best friends. Despite having leukaemia he was just a typical 12 year old boy – always having a joke and a laugh (often at my expense!), and our whole community was devastated when he died.

“He really was a true inspiration to everyone who knew him. He never complained and just got on with things which was amazing considering he battled with the illness for seven years.

“I wanted to do something in Adam’s memory and I chose to raise money for CLIC Sargent because I knew it was a charity he both benefited from and supported.”

Eilidh’s dedication has been praised by Kirsty McLatchie, running events manager for CLIC Sargent, who spoke of the need for more young runners like Eilidh.

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