Caroline takes on her first half marathon challenge

Caroline McGinlay in training for her first half-marathon.

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Arran lifeboat crew member Caroline McGinlay is undertaking her first ever half marathon to raise money for two charities close to her heart.

Caroline is taking on the challenge of the Aviemore half marathon on Sunday October 13 to raise money for Contact the Elderly (now known as Re-Engage) and the RNLI.

She told the Banner: ‘I’ve run throughout my adult life but this is the first half marathon I’ve done. Training has been hard, running in all weathers and across the forestry tracks and hills of Arran, dealing with the pain of injuries and the typical runners “lead legs” along the way.

‘My determination to see it through and raise money for these two important charities is what keeps me going in training, mile after mile, and I know it will help me on the day itself. Any support you can offer will be greatly appreciated by me and everyone involved with Re-Engage and the RNLI.

‘All money raised will be shared 50/50 between both charities and will be spent on the island to benefit the local community.’

Caroline went on to explain her choice of charities. ‘Re-Engage has been dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation across the UK for more than 50 years. I’ve been involved with the charity as an employee and a volunteer for 11 years so I know first hand the difference it makes to thousands of older people all over the UK via regular social gatherings and peer support,’ she said.

‘Re-Engage has had groups on Arran for more than 20 years and now there are two groups meeting one Sunday afternoon each month. Some of Arran’s most isolated and lonely older people are able to enjoy afternoon tea with a warm and friendly welcome. The volunteer drivers and hosts help the older people of Arran to stay connected to their communities and relieve the pain of loneliness. The groups receive no formal funding and rely on the support of the volunteers. I am raising money for an emergency fund for both groups to use should they ever find themselves without a driver or host.

‘The Arran RNLI lifeboat station has been based in Lamlash since 1970 and is one of 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland. I have volunteered as boat crew in the Arran station since August 2018. The station provides vital lifesaving support 24/7 in the waters and coastline around Arran and is operated by volunteers. I am raising money which will be used for the benefit of the Arran station and therefore the wider island community,’ Caroline added.

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Caroline McGinlay in training for her first half-marathon. NO_B40marathon01