A mother and daughter will take part in the Baxters River Ness 10K next month and there will be a very special lady in their hearts as they cross the finish line.
Glynis and Emma Leslie of Whiterashes will take part in the event to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Glynis’ mother who passed away earlier this year after bravely battling heart problems.
Glynis (48) and Emma (17) wanted to do something that continued Alison Thom’s legacy of support for the charity which she had been committed to fundraising for since having a heart bypass operation 18 years ago.
“My mum did a lot to support the British Heart Foundation in the years after her bypass,” said Glynis.
“She would do a lot of knitting for them – all things that could be sold on to raise money.
“We were absolutely devastated when we lost her.
“She had an operation and although that went well, she developed heart complications and she never recovered.
“She fought so, so hard but she was 80 and her heart could not fight any more.
“This is our way of remembering my mum and also trying to turn a negative into a positive for a charity that meant so much to her.”
While Glynis has completed several 10K events in the past, this will be the first time that Meldrum Academy pupil Emma has undertaken any kind of running event.
It was her idea to enter the Baxters River Ness 10K – part of the Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running as she wanted to raise money in honour of her grandmother’s memory.
They selected the Inverness-based event because it is renowned for its scenery, big event experience at the finish line and the PB-potential of the course.
It is also close to Alison’s former home at Rosemarkie on the Black Isle.
Glynis added: “I am so proud of Emma for doing this.
“She is not a sporty girl at all, so I cannot stress just what a challenge this is for her.
“She has been very committed to the training and I feel very honoured to be able to take part alongside her.
“I know my mum will be very proud of the pair of us.”
The Baxters River Ness 10K event will be held on Sunday, September 25.
Both Glynis and Emma have set up online fundraising pages so to find out more about their stories or to give a donation visit either www.justgiving.com/fundraising/GlynisLeslie or www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EmmaLeslie03.