Double the Marathon challenge for Lord Provost Donald Wilson

Edinburgh’s Lord Provost is springing into gear to tackle 52 miles for charity when he takes on both the Virgin Money London Marathon and the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, Edinburgh, Marathon,
Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, in training on the Royal Mile

In less than three weeks, he will join over 960,000 runners in the first of his two challenges when he races to the finish line at The Mall in London.

In training for the race with his trademark ‘chain’ of office running gearthe Lord Provost Donald Wilson has been busy raising money for the OneCity Trust. He has received over £1,500* in donations so far bringing his fundraising total for local causes while in office to approximately £250,000.

He said: “With the starting line looming I’ve been going the extra mile to prepare myself. While this will be my third London marathon in a row, it is the first time I've attempted two marathons in the same year, never mind in the space of five weeks!

"Everyone has been very supportive and that provides you with a great confidence boost. I'm very thankful for the continued donations and of course the support of Print & Sign Centres for my 'chain' t-shirt! It's daunting prospect but it is all in the name of charity. Wish me luck!”

The Lord Provost will be running in order to raise funds for the OneCity Trust which supports community-based projects.

Speaking about the charity, the Lord Provost added: “For an affluent city like Edinburgh, it is unacceptable that inequality still exists. For my own part, running these marathons has been a huge commitment but allows me to do my bit for the OneCity Trust, which can help us narrow the inequality gap.”

The Lord Provost’s donation page will remain live until after both races at www.virginmoneygiving.com/lordprovost.

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