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Support Jo Swinson as she runs half marathon in memory of her Dad

I have some very happy memories of Peter Swinson. He was a lovely man. He was so supportive of Jo’s campaigns, Whether it was knocking on doors in East Dunbartonshire, delivering super human quantities of election literature or dancing with her at her wedding, his pride in her was so obvious.

Peter sadly passed away a year ago. He had had a blood cancer for some time. In three weeks’ time, Jo is running the London Half Marathon in his memory.

On her Just Giving page, she explains why:

When my dad was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2008, we worried a lot.

I remember we worried whether he’d be able to walk me down the aisle on my wedding day. Happily back then in 2011 Dad was still in excellent health: cycling for miles, delivering thousands of leaflets in Bishopbriggs and hitting the hills when he could.

In the summer of 2015 it all started to go wrong.  Rapidly Dad’s health deteriorated – in July we were climbing The Cobbler, with its peak just shy of 3,000ft. By August Dad was in hospital. That autumn the treatment started, a mix of steroids and chemo.

Dad had amazing NHS care at the world-class Beatson Institute, but it was a rollercoaster, as anyone who has lived with cancer knows. Positive news then hopes dashed. Bleak outlook then a chink of light.

The end of Dad’s second round of chemotherapy came almost exactly a year ago. He went for a PET scan and his consultant said the results were ‘marvellous’ – for all the gruelling treatment, the response looked really good. She gave him a particular treatment to boost his immunity so he could take public transport for the first time in months, in order to travel to London to watch my receive my CBE at Buckingham Palace.  It was a brilliant day.

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Willie Rennie to run almost 5 marathons in 4 days to raise funds for mental health charity

As far as we know, Scotland doesn’t have any elections this May.

Willie Rennie isn’t going to be slacking though.

Over the Easter weekend, he’ll be running the 117 miles of the Fife Coastal Path which runs from the Firth of Forth to the Forth of Tay. He hopes to raise £1000 at least for the Scottish Association for Mental Health a Scottish mental health charity. This reflects his personal and political priorities of securing better mental health care.

That 117 miles is not far off being 5 marathons so …

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Tim Farron takes part in Ambleside fell race

Our federal and Scottish leaders are known to be keen runners. I asked Tim Farron last year who would win between him and Willie Rennie who would win in a race between them up a hill. “Oh, him, definitely.” came the response. That’s probably an accurate judgement. Willie has form for running races carrying coal on his back. Last month he ran off his post Brexit frustrations at the Ceres Highland Games in his constituency.

Not to be outdone, Tim took part in a 9 mile fell race in his constituency on Thursday.

It certainly looks pretty brutal and attracted the attention of ITV News.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats says it was a “joyful” day:
“I had a great time doing the Senior Guides Race yesterday, despite the wet conditions! Ambleside Sports is a fantastic community event, offering a wonderful window on Lakeland life and its traditions.

It was a joyful coming together of locals and former locals alongside tourists and competitors from across the country. It speaks volumes about this event that it manages to attract top fell runners from across the country to participate in the races.”

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