A little late, but Leon smashes charity target

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An Angus man who ran the West Highland Way in memory of his late father has thanked his supporters for helping him reach his target.

Last Wednesday Leon Hunter (37) ran the 96 miles of the notorious Scottish trail for Macmillan Cancer Support who cared for his late father, Jim, a teacher at Arbroath High School, who passed away in April.

Monifieth man Leon had set a target of £1,000 for the challenge and at the time of going to press was set to exceed that comfortably.

However, his attempt to complete all 96 miles in 24 hours was a step too far. Leon said: “My final time was 26 hours 33 minutes and I could not have done it any faster. How Peter Giblin managed to do it in 15 hours seven minutes is beyond me!

“A lot of people have been very generous and on Saturday I reached the target of £1,000. With donations still coming in, I’m hopeful of exceeding this by £300.”

All the money raised will be used to fund Macmillan’s vital cancer services, from specialist nurses and doctors, to help and provide advice for people who have financial problems as a result of cancer.

To sponsor Leon visit www.justgiving.com/jimhunter, for more information about Macmillan visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 080 808 0000.