A dynamic duo have smashed their target of raising £2,500 for charity after completing a gruelling run across Scotland.
Inspector Carron McKeller, who leads the Seaton Community Policing Team, paired up with pal Corri Black, 46, professor of public health at the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian, to run 215 miles in just six days.
The pair’s initial aim was to raise £2,500 for Maggie’s care centre as Insp McKeller’s partner Mandy Ryan and Professor Black’s partner Joe have spent time there after being diagnosed with cancer.
After they were swamped with donations, the runners upped their target to £5,000 – and ended up raising £13,500.
Insp McKeller,44, said: “Thank you everyone who has donated.
“The money will help fund the running costs of the centre, ensuring support is available to anyone and everyone affected by cancer in the North-east of Scotland.”
The pair’s challenge started at Ardnamurchan Point – the most westerly point of the British mainland – and finished at Maggie’s on the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary site.
Prof Black, 46, said: “Joe was diagnosed with cancer nine years ago.
“People spoke of battles, staying strong, winning the fight. But Joe has an incurable type of blood cell cancer.
“There are no winners. He did not lose when he relapsed the first time.
“We won’t have failed when he relapses again. Cancer won’t have won.
“Perhaps the most striking relevance of the challenge was, then, that it was a journey not a race.
“There were no winners and losers. We did not battle the elements, but rather we ran, in the moment, and experienced them.”
Susan Sutherland, Maggie’s Aberdeen Centre head, said: “We are incredibly proud of both Corri and Carron and everything they have achieved.
“The funds and awareness they have raised for the centre here in Aberdeen is incredible and we cannot thank them enough.”
Visit tinyurl.com/maggiesscotland to sponsor the pair.