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Posted on 13 Apr 13 Apr

Charlotte Scott and Stuart Best, who are employed by White’s oat mill in Tandragee, are set to run 26.2 miles at the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon in aid of learning disability charity Mencap, the official charity of the event, in May. The race is the first marathon for both Charlotte and Stuart and the two are in the final weeks of training while also fundraising for Mencap.

Speaking ahead of Marathon Day, Charlotte said: “As a busy working mother of two I found running to be an easy way of integrating exercise into my everyday life. I started running last October primarily to get fit but found that because so much of my time is spent juggling work and home commitments, running gave me that much needed ‘me’ time.

“I decided to run the marathon and fundraise for Mencap because the money will go towards the charity’s goal of £150,000. The funds I raise will assist in launching vital support activities to enable young people with a learning disability to live as full a life as possible without barriers or limitations as every child should. As a mother I understand the daily challenges of raising a family and indeed the help and support you need. Mencap provides a valued service to so many families.”

Stuart added: “Having been very active in my youth with football I unfortunately suffered from a hip injury which meant having to stop doing the thing I loved the most. After undergoing hip surgery I started to run to build up my fitness again and my first challenge on my road to recovery was running in the White’s Oats relay team in 2016 for Mencap. I was hugely encouraged on how well I did and how much I enjoyed it, and this has spurred me on to do the full 26.2 miles.

“I am fundraising again for Mencap because the work the charity does is inspiring, offering a vital support network for families whose children have been diagnosed with a learning disability. Both the challenge of running 26.2 miles and helping Mencap reach their fundraising goal has been hugely motivational for me.”

Margaret Kelly, Director, Mencap Northern Ireland, said:

“We would like to thank Charlotte and Stuart for taking on their first marathon in aid of Mencap. Supporters like Charlotte and Stuart are crucial to our organisation’s success and we hope their commitment inspires others to run a full marathon for our charity or donate to a fundraising page.

“Money raised from the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon will go towards a number of initiatives, such as after school clubs and holiday play schemes, to help us reach as many children and young people with a learning disability across Northern Ireland.

“We wish Charlotte and Stuart the best of luck with the rest of their marathon training and we can’t wait to see them at the finish line!”

For more information about how you can #StepUp4Mencap ahead of the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, email fundraising.ni@mencap.org.uk, call 02890 691 351 or visit mencapbigstepforward.org.

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