Lord Provost gearing up for London Marathon

Donald Wilson trains. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

Donald Wilson trains. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

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Edinburgh’s Lord Provost is gearing up to tackle 26 miles on Sunday when he takes on the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 to raise money for charities including the Jamie Skinner Foundation.

Donald Wilson will be raising funds to support the Evening News’ campaign to place a defibrillator in every sports club in the Lothians, in honour of the tragic teen who died in 2013 of a cardiac arrest while playing football.

The Jamie Skinner Foundation, set up by Jamie’s family, has already raised tens of thousands of pounds and helped to secure a handful of life-saving heart-start machines.

The Lord Provost will join over 960,000 runners, including TV presenter Jenni Falconer, F1 racer Jensen Button, and supermodel Christy Turlington, and will wear his ceremonial chain during the race.

He said: “It’s my first ever attempt at a 26-mile challenge after taking up running last year, but a successful ‘test race’ earlier this week gave me a confidence boost. The donations that have rolled in and the supportive comments I’ve received have been heartwarming.”

Backers can donate online at www.virginmoneygiving.com/lordprovost until after the race.