Incredible effort to honour electrocuted footballer

A GROUP of five women will run the Edinburgh Marathon later this month dressed as cartoon superheroes The Incredibles in memory of a football starlet killed in a training ground tragedy.

Craig Gowans, a 17-year-old Falkirk defender, was electrocuted in July 2005, two weeks into his professional contract.

The former Stewart’s Melville College pupil was pushing a six-metre-high net, designed to catch stray footballs, at the club’s training ground in Grangemouth, when a metal pole came into contact with 11,000-volt overhead wires.

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His family and friends set up the Craig Gowans Memorial Fund to help charities including the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.

Gemma Maxwell, one of his school friends, said: “A day has not gone by that I have not thought of Craig or been reminded by him to live my life to the full.

“I could not think of a more worthy cause to support.

“I am running along with four other girls dressed as The Incredibles. We are aiming for around the four-hour mark.”

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Craig had just started a two-year apprenticeship with Falkirk when he was killed.

Donations can be made via the JustGiving page, The Craig Gowans Memorial Fund for Sick Kids Friends Foundation.