Willie Rennie starts his four marathons in three days around Fife to raise money for mental health

Easter weekends aren’t generally a time of rest for Willie Rennie.

For the last four years, there’s been an election going on, so he’s been campaigning at full pelt.

But there isn’t an election going on in Scotland this year. So he could decide to lie about and eat chocolate.

That’s not very Willie, though. He’s decided to spend the weekend running the length of the Fife Coastal Path to raise money for SAMH, a Scottish mental health charity. He sets off from Kincardine in a few minutes’ time and his schedule is brutal. 42 miles today. He’s slacking tomorrow. Only 29 miles. And then he finishes on Sunday with a 44 mile run. He’ll be running through the Dunfermline and West Fife constituency he represented as an MP between 2006-10 and will finish in his current North East Fife Scottish Parliament constituency. He represented the whole of Fife as a regional list MSP from 2011-16.

That’s a bloody long way. In 3 days. He’s been warming up by taking part in races in the bracing Scottish Winter.

He’s achingly close to raising £5000. When you are doing an endurance challenge like that, knowing that people are giving generously really helps motivate you. So, if you can, please give him some financial encouragement here.

Ahead of his run, he said:

Over the Easter weekend I’ll be running the 117 mile route from Kincardine to Newburgh, the full length of the Fife coastal path.

I’m doing it to raise money for the great mental health charity SAMH. I’ve seen the fantastic work they do for so many people across the country but they need more money to help more people.

Across Scotland hundreds of vulnerable people are struggling to cope with issues including eating disorders, anxiety, depression and bullying. SAMH do absolutely vital work in supporting them

Please give him as much encouragement and support as you can. If you want to cheer him along the way, his route is here. Follow him on Twitter using the hashtag #RunRennieRun

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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4 Comments

  • Lorenzo Cherin 30th Mar '18 - 2:06pm

    Remarkable, a terrific contribution, but be safe not silly, Willy, your’e as young as me and yet that’s no boy , well, …?!

  • John Marriott 30th Mar '18 - 5:41pm

    Is Vince joining in? Perhaps he could waltz round!

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 30th Mar '18 - 9:23pm

    @Lorenzo, I think this is Willie’s mid life crisis.

    @John Now that would be funny. Not sure he’d manage 117 miles, though. He did wish Willie luck, though.

  • John Marriott 31st Mar '18 - 9:18am

    Point taken Caron. All credit to Mr Rennie. Rather him than me! I’m reminded of the quote attributed to the late Sir Compton Mackenzie. It went something like: “When the urge for physical activity comes over me I lie down and wait for it to go away.” Now that’s me, I’m afraid!

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