Five marathons in five days


Team to run from Glasgow to London for Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

These runners look cheerful at their photocall in George Square, Glasgow – but will they be quite so perky after five back-to-back marathons, culminating in the London Marathon?

Francis Gilroy, Stuart Macdonald, Chris Hanlon in George Square, Glasgow

From left: Francis Gilroy, Stuart Macdonald and Chris Hanlon in George Square, Glasgow

Team Cy-Run – a group of 25 fitness enthusiasts so named because they do both cycling and running for charity – formed four years ago to raise money for charities close to their hearts, including the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, and to date have raised more than £90,000. Their aim for 2015 is to break the £100,000 barrier to benefit the hospice’s Brick by Brick Appeal and provide rooms at its new home in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow.

Four intrepid members of the team – Francis Gilroy, Stuart Macdonald and Chris Hanlon, plus Lily Dyu, who could not make the photocall – will run a minimum of a marathon a day for four days, before reaching the capital. They will be on the go for 18 hours a day, travelling an average of a mile every nine minutes in order to complete the 462 miles between Glasgow and London, with support from three cyclists, Kenny Neison, Alan Dickson and Peter Burns. On 26 April, they will be joined by more friends to run the London Marathon, completing their challenge of running 488 miles in total.

Also taking part is the hospice’s rainbow-striped mascot, Harvey the Heart. A veteran of numerous big runs including the 2014 London Marathon, in which Harvey smashed the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon by a mascot in a time of 3h 51mins.

Stuart says: “Given the scale of the challenge, we’re incredibly excited about Cy-Run 2015. It’s the biggest task we’ve ever attempted. The hospice provides an incredible service for individuals and families across the country and we’re delighted to take on 5 marathons in 5 days to raise as much money as possible for its new state-of-the-art home.”

The work of the hospice ensures that 1,200 patients a year receive the best quality of life in whatever time remains for them.

Donate to Team Cy-Run at or give £5 by texting PPWH55 £5 to 70070.

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