Librarian tackles coast to coast run

David is running 220 miles for charity.
David is running 220 miles for charity.

A Brechin man is undertaking a coast to coast run in Scotland to raise funds for charity in memory of his friend who died after battling myeloma.

David Main, who works as a librarian for Aberdeen City Council, previously worked as a librarian in Lancashire from 2004 to 2007 where he met John Blackburn.

John served as a librarian for over 40 years, and was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2012 - a little-known, but devastating cancer affecting the plasma found in bone marrow. He sadly lost his battle with the disease aged just 64.

David is now in the midst of running 220 miles in his memory, while raising money for Myeloma UK, a charity committed to specific research and supporting those affected by the condition. His run, which started on August 22, saw him start at the UK’s most westerly point on the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula. From there he is planning a route that will take him through the Highlands and the Cairngorm mountains until reaching the most eastern point of Scotland at Peterhead.

David said: “As an amateur runner, I always knew I would do some kind of charity run in John’s memory – I was just never sure what. The only thing I did know was that I wanted it to be ‘big’ and a little different.

“I’m doing My Big Run in the hope that I can raise some ‘big’ money for Myeloma UK. The charity offered invaluable support to John and his family at a time when it was needed most, and there remain lots of current patients – young and old – who benefit from their work.”

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