THE old saying goes that Life Begins at Forty.
However, for Lanarkian William Lindsay it means the beginning of a gruelling 28 lap run around Lanark Loch!
Farm worker William, from the Castlegate, is preparing for a test of stamina aimed at raising cash for a very, very worthwhile cause very close to his and his family’s hearts.
He explained: “The Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital was simply great when treating a neice of mine a while back and I’ve been wanting to do something for it in return ever since.
“With my 40th birthday coming up on Saturday, I decided to run a sponsored marathon for the hospital and decided to do it around Lanark Loch.”
The Gazette assumed - as many Lanarkians would - that his marathon would consist of 26 laps of Lanark Loch, given that EVERYONE knows that it’s exactly a mile around!
Blowing that venerable and widely-believed local myth, William has measured the distance and it will take him a full 28 laps to achieve the full marathon distance.
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