A keen Bearsden runner is taking on a 26-mile trek in Ireland for charity – with a helping hand from a local opticians.

First marathon

Martin Kerr will be taking on his first ever marathon for Prostate Cancer UK and Milngavie Specsavers store director Caroline Kinsey and her team are sponsoring him to take part in the Dublin Marathon on 30 October. They are also encouraging customers to donate to the cause in the store.

Martin is taking on the marathon in memory of his father-in-law Gordon Small – founding editor of Jackie magazine – who passed away after a battle with prostate cancer.

Raising awareness

‘I’m very proud to be taking on the race in memory of Gordon. He was a great man and it’s very important to me that I do something that helps to raise awareness of the impact of this horrible illness,’ he explains. ‘The training is tough but I’m really enjoying it. The race will be very emotional because of the connection to Gordon.

‘Prostate Cancer UK does a lot of fantastic work at local and national level and I want to raise money to help that continue and I’m so pleased that Caroline and the team at the store are supporting me. I’ll be proud to run with the Specsavers logo on my shirt on the day.’

Family support

And Martin’s wife Dorothy – who is also a keen runner – will be cheering him on when he takes on the challenge. As well as being customers at the store, Martin and Dorothy also have a family connection as their daughter Rachel is engaged to Anthony Kinsey, Caroline’s son.

‘We’re very proud to be supporting Martin and I’m sure he’ll do really well,’ says Caroline. ‘Our eye health check-ups have made sure that he’s all set in terms of his vision. It’s vital that his eyes are in tip top condition.

‘We’re looking forward to getting an update from Martin as soon as he has finished the race!’

To find out about sponsoring Martin, pop into the store in Douglas Street.

All Milngavie store information