Mechanic Chris on his marks for marathon bid

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A local mechanic is preparing to take on the London Marathon next year in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Chris Fraser, who has worked at the West High Street Garage in Inverurie since 2005, decided to take on the challenge in aid of his chosen charity as it is a matter close to his heart.

The wife of Chris’ boss Tom McPhee has suffered with MS for a number of years and since securing his place in the marathon, his daughter Skye’s mother has also been diagnosed with the condition.

Chris first tried to get a place in the marathon through the public ballot but was unsuccessful, however he managed to gain his place by applying via a club ballot with Keith and District AAC.

This is the first marathon for Chris as he explained: “I only started running around a year and a half ago as a way to keep fit and socialise. Since then I have taken part in Run Garioch and the Baker Hughes 10K, and I have also completed a half marathon from Kinloss to Lossiemouth.”

Speaking about the London Marathon, Chris said: “I’m excited, I’ve never been to London so I’m looking forward to it.

“It takes a lot of motivation to get out in the cold to train, up until last year I didn’t exercise at all but I have now changed my diet and train every other evening and at the weekends. I feel I have a lot more energy and motivation too.”

He added: “I’ve had lots of support from a number of local businesses including West High Street Garage, Station Garage Kintore, Andersons of Inverurie, CMK Assembly, Jim Reid Car Sales & ReidLine Performance, Rood Signs, Jim Gray Snap on Tools, Forte Lubricants Aberdeen, Douglas Electrical, Pedal Power Inverurie, J,G Ross Bakers, Dingbro and SMTA as well as my friends and family.”

Chris’ boss Tom said: “It’s a big challenge for him and he is doing very well, it’s good to see him raising money for such a worthy cause.”

A raffle will soon be available at the garage with money raised going to Chris’ marathon fund.

Prizes include two iPad Airs, a free MOT and a free service that will be available to redeem at either the Inverurie garage or the Station Garage in Kintore. For more details see the West High Street Garage Facebook page or donate online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chris-Fraser5.