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Macduff mum battles elements to complete London Marathon challenge


By Kyle Ritchie

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A fundraising superhero from Macduff completed the virtual Virgin London Marathon on Sunday.

Caron Mutch (47) took on the challenge to raise funds for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland.

Running from Scotmid Fochabers to her local store in Macduff, where she is branch supervisor, Carol planned to cover 28 miles for the charity but due to flooding had to cover an extra four miles.

Caron, who lives at home with her husband Duncan and children Niamh and Kris in Macduff, with step-daughter Erin studying in Aberdeen, was very keen to support the charity.

Not only is Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland Scotmid’s charity partner for this year, but Caron’s son Kris was diagnosed with a hole in his heart when he was just four-years-old.

Caron Mutch, with husband Duncan and children Niamh and Kris, at the end of her marathon.
Caron Mutch, with husband Duncan and children Niamh and Kris, at the end of her marathon.

She said: “I was delighted to be chosen to run in the London Marathon for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland because it is a charity very close to my heart.

"My son was diagnosed with a hole in his heart and had to have a major operation when he was four, he is 13 now and you would never know apart from a scar on his body.

“My father-in-law sadly died suddenly of a heart attack not long after we got married and I know lots of friends that have suffered strokes, some surviving and some sadly not.

"It means a great deal to me to run this marathon to help raise vital funds so that other people can get the help and support that they need.”

Caron is a keen runner and has run four marathons and covered many more in training. She was delighted to be given the opportunity to take part in this year’s run despite it taking place virtually.

“I wasn’t going to let the run being cancelled stop me," she added.

"I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to run virtually as lots of my running events have been cancelled this year and I run and train better when I have a goal in mind.

“Planning the route was simple as I knew there were other Scotmid stores on the way and I got plenty of support from them.

"I had pit stops at Scotmid Buckie and Banff. Despite the weather it was a stunning run and knowing I’d finish at my work was a great boost.

“I kept myself going along the way by thinking back to my son lying in intensive care hoping and praying that he would be OK.

"I was also running for all the people who are currently unwell or stuck in hospital fighting, knowing that they’d love to be out in the fresh air.

"People often tell me I’m getting too old, or to watch what I’m doing but I love being out in the fresh air running and if I can help others to get the help they need then that is motivation enough for me.”

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland assistant fundraising director Gillian Green said: “Caron is a true fundraising Superhero. Taking on this marathon virtually and having to increase her total miles was an incredible achievement.

"She has gone above and beyond to help people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions and we are all extremely grateful to her for all her efforts.

"It was fantastic to have the support of the Scotmid stores as well along the way.

“The money raised from Caron’s challenge will ensure that people and their families get the right help and support that they need when they need it most.

"Thank you to Caron and everyone who has supported her so far."

Anyone who would like to donate can visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/scotmid-caron

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