A determined running duo from an opticians in Irvine took on the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run – and raised more than £3,000 for charity.

Madihah Ansari and Clare Mullen, who both work at Specsavers in the Rivergate Shopping Centre, tackled the race in October in honour of loved ones.

Madihah took on the trek with her sisters and brother-in-law to raise money for Headway UK in memory of her sister Hafsah who passed away after suffering a brain haemorrhage. Through sponsorship, Madihah raised more than £2,500 for the cause.

And Clare Mullen ran for her friend Krystal Scott, who passed away earlier this year – and raised more than £600 for St Andrew’s Hospice.

Amazing care and support
Madihah said: ‘Headway UK provided great support to Hafsah and our family through her illness. After Hafsah passed away, we felt strongly as a family that we should do something together to honour her memory and to also help other people in the same situation.

‘I’m delighted with the amount I’ve raised. It was a real challenge but I’m so glad I took it on.’

Clare says: ‘Krystal spent her last days in St Andrew’s Hospice and received amazing care from staff. After she passed away, I wanted to say thank you to staff in a way that would help them to continue their fantastic work.’

Store director Jim Quinn added: ‘We’re very proud of Madihah and Clare. They were in training for months and it has definitely paid off. To have raised more than £3,000 between them for their two chosen charities is a fantastic achievement.

‘Madihah and Clare have both lost people very dear to them and their dedication to raising money in their memory shows a real strength of character.’ 

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