Douglas delivering Swede success in Hospice appeal

Douglas Mackechnie is running the Stockholm Marathon on Saturday 1 June.

The 36-year-old, from Dumbarton, has run the distance twice before and is doing so this time to raise funds for the Hospice in memory of a friend who was cared for here.

Douglas, who works as an engineer, said: “My friend was not even 60. People maybe think patients are always a lot older.

“The Hospice deliver a vital service to families when they need it most. They don’t turn anyone away and need our support.

“The Sisters and volunteers do an amazing job. This place is vital to my community. Please help me help them.”

Looking ahead to the race, Douglas is aiming for a time of 3hrs 30 mins to 3hrs 45 mins but is wary that early summer weather could be a factor.

He added: “It could be really hot. But I’m looking forward to making a holiday of it and pretty confident. The training has gone well and I’m pretty confident of where I’m at. It will be a great experience.”

You can contribute to Douglas’ appeal at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/duggie-mackechnie2