Dougie completes epic challenge

Charlene McEwan and Dougie Holmes
Charlene McEwan and Dougie Holmes

Super-fit Motherwell man Dougie Holmes has completed the astonishing feat of running 10km every day for 100 days.

Dougie undertook the challenge on behalf of the University of Glasgow Brain Tumour Research Fund after his friend Charlene McEwan was diagnosed with incurable cancer.

The Times featured Charlene’s story two years ago as she set out on her journey to raise £50,000 to help fund research being carried out by The Neuro-Oncology Team at The Beatson in Glasgow.

Dougie, who has known Charlene since childhood, wanted to do something that would really test him and last a long time.

He said: “I started running in 2012 when Charlene was first diagnosed and another friend Paul Madden suffered an aneurism.

“At that time I was a bit of a couch potato, I had given up playing football and I really wasn’t fit.

“I trained for the Glasgow half marathon that year and did it again last year so I was trying to think of something different to help the cause.

“I wanted a challenge with a bit of longevity and something that would be physically demanding to draw attention to what people who live with cancer are going through.”

NLL worker Dougie intended to do 100 10ks, but actually completed his 110th at the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow earlier this month.

He said: “It was tough at the start keeping going, but I want to thank the 15 people who ran with me at various points during the challenge.

“Aside from Glasgow the only other organised 10k I did was in Cumbernauld, but I kept everyone updated with my progress online and took every opportunity to get out there, be it at 6am, lunchtimes or after work.

“I am still doing them as it has become a way of life, I have dropped two and a half stones and I want to spread the word about the benefits of running.”

Dougie raised over £2,000 from his challenge, with the overall fundraising now sitting at over £42,000.

Charlene and husband Tosh joined Dougie in Glasgow. She said: “Dougie is a machine and we were glad to join him on his final leg.

“This was a huge undertaking for body and mind and thanks to everyone who sponsored Dougie, Tosh and myself.

“It’s hugely appreciated and extra special as we finally managed to burst through that £40,000 mark.”

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