A 32-year-old Dundonian has shocked both friends and family after completing the Miami Marathon and raising almost £750 for charity.
Gary Calder first donned his running shoes after two members of his family were diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy.
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He began training every lunch time and in just two years he went from only being able to run 5k to completing the Miami marathon in 4 hours 34 minutes.
While he has since tested negative for the condition, Gary has used his love of running to raise a whopping £746.59 for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
He said: “I just want to give something to the charity which is fund raising for the research towards finding a cure.
“My attitude is to just crack on – I see the job of training as a due diligence. Miami began their marathons in 2003 and allow 25,000 to sign up, which has sold out for the last eight years running. A relatively flat course, but can be a very humid run.
“It’s hard-hitting when a diagnosis is brought into the family. It makes me incredibly appreciative for something we typically take for granted.”