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Angus mum-of-two Michelle Hatton, 32, hopes to make a small but important contribution towards her brother Raymond Longmuir’s aim of raising more than £150,000 for a brain cancer research charity by tackling her first half marathon at the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run on 27th August.

Raymond, 36, who now lives in Australia, has undergone two operations since 2013 to remove cancerous tumours from his brain and was told at one stage that he had just three to five years to live. He continues to suffer memory loss and undergoes a regime of medication and therapy, but a recent scan gave him the all-clear from any more signs of cancer.

The Moto GP and Isle of Man TT fan is currently planning an ambitious sponsored motorcycling expedition, beginning in Spring 2019, from Adelaide to his mother’s home in the small Angus village of Friockheim. Raymond hopes his epic journey will attract sufficient backing to allow him to reach his fund-raising target, with all the money going to the Cure Brain Cancer Charity.

Michelle, who lives at Craigo near Montrose, said: “I was only 21 when my dad died from esophagus cancer and my brother was 26 at that time. Raymond was diagnosed with brain cancer just six years later and it really came home to me how you can just never be sure what’s round the corner.

“Raymond was determined to do something to help the charity and, as he never does anything in small measures, decided he’d attempt the motorcycle ride. I felt I had to do as much as possible to help him so, the Great Aberdeen Run will be my first fund-raising project.

“I’ve done a few 5km and 10km events before, but never a half marathon. I planned to do the Simplyhealth Great North Run in Newcastle a few years ago, as I had always wanted to try it, but I fell pregnant and had to pull out. When I heard that Great Run was coming to Aberdeen this year I thought that would be perfect for my first half marathon and for my first event in support of Raymond.”

Michelle, who recently set up her own personal training business, has always been a keen exerciser but admits she has never yet run 13 miles.

She said: “I try to run three or four times a week and I probably cover anything from 20-30 miles in total. My longest run so far has been nine miles so the race day might actually be the first time I hit 13. I train on my own and quite honestly I prefer that as I like to get into my own zone and run at the pace I want to do.”

Despite enjoying running solo, Michelle will be happy to join thousands of others in the half marathon which follows a fascinating route passing many of Aberdeen’s most iconic landmarks and buildings such as the Town House, Beach Ballroom Brig o’ Balgownie, Old Aberdeen, Marischal College and the Music Hall.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to it and the course looks very good although that long section along the beach could be tough as you see it all stretching so far ahead of you. I just hope there’s not a strong wind.

“I think the whole thing will be brilliant. The energy coming from the crowds will be amazing. It will keep everyone going. If all goes well I hope to do it in 1hour 50 minutes or maybe even a little quicker. Whatever, it will be a fantastic experience and I hope to have raised some money for the brain cancer charity.”

The Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run is from the organisers of the Simplyhealth Great North Run, the world's biggest half marathon, held every year between Newcastle and South Shields.

It features a 10km, half marathon, family run and business challenge, so offers opportunities for runners of all ages and levels of ability and experience. All the runs will start and finish on Union Street and the routes take in many of the city's key historic landmarks such as Marischal College, Castlegate, the Beach Ballroom and Brig O’Balgownie.

The event is being delivered in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, VisitAberdeenshire, and Aberdeen Inspired. It is being supported by the Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan.

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