Alan is up to the challenge

Alan Joyce (right) with brother Gordon (left) and Brendan Johnston at Lochaber marathon which is just over a quarter of the distance they will attempt in Troon.
Alan Joyce (right) with brother Gordon (left) and Brendan Johnston at Lochaber marathon which is just over a quarter of the distance they will attempt in Troon.
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A MOTHERWELL endurance athlete is ready to undertake his biggest challenge in aid of charity.

Alan Joyce is an experienced marathon runner and triathlete, but is set to endure a true test of stamina and will later this month when he attempts to run 100 miles in just 24 hours.

He will travel to Troon for the challenge where he’ll be joined by friend Brendan Johnston who also aims to run the entire distance in his home town and brother Gordon who will be spending his time on a bike as well as on foot.

The three hope their efforts will benefit St Andrew’s Hospice and Ayrshire Hospice in memory of friends Diana Moore and Graeme Paul.

Diana from Motherwell and Graeme from Troon both passed away last year after four year battles with cancer, and received treatment at St Andrew’s and Ayrshire respectively.

On Saturday, September 15, the three men will pay their respect’s at Diana’s grave in Airbles Cemetery before heading to the coast to tackle 10 laps of a 10 miles circuit of Troon from noon until noon on the Sunday.

They are inviting friends, family, or anyone who fancies taking part to join them for as much of the challenge as they wish.

Alan said: “Brendan and I have been doing marathons and triathlons for a few years now, but have never taken on anything as long as this run.

“Gordon has just taken up marathons and triathlons and will mix the 100 miles between running and cycling.

“I’m really looking forward to the run and hope we will be joined along the way, particularly during the night where I think we will find it the toughest.

“I envisage that we should get to 70 miles without too many problems, but after that it will be sheer strength of will and knowing we are doing it for Diana and Paul that gets us through.”

In addition a ceilidh takes place in Motherwell Civic Centre on Friday, October 5, in Motherwell Civic Centre to raise money for Friends of the Beatson Cancer Care Trust.

The Loudon Ceilidh band is providing the music and some tickets are still available costing £12.50.

For more information on taking part in the run, buying ceilidh tickets or donating to either St Andrew’s Hospice or Ayrshire Hospice visit Troon 100