Fettercairn man comes in first place

Ronan Anderson (35) with twins Gavin and Mark Picken (32)
Ronan Anderson (35) with twins Gavin and Mark Picken (32)

A Mearns man has finished in first place after completing an epic, gruelling challenge which saw him finish a 105-mile race in under nine hours.

Ronan Anderson (35), of Fettercairn claimed first place in the Rat Race Scotland Coast to Coast event on Saturday (September 12), which sees participants racing 105 miles from Nairn to Glencoe, by running, cycling and kayaking.

Ronan, who took on the challenge along with his brothers-in-law, twins Gavin and Mark Picken (32), said he was “delighted” to have finished in first place, especially as second and third place were claimed by Gavin and Mark respectively.

Following the remarkable achievement, Ronan commented: “I was doing the event alongside my two brother-in-laws, and we were supporting the Margaret Lee Breast Cancer Oncology Fund. We’ve raised nearly £1,000 so far.

“It was an all-round amazing experience which was supported on the day by our very understanding family.

“We chose the Margaret Lee fund because of Mark’s wife Jennie. Margaret Lee was Jennie’s mum and this was the fund that was started by her and her family while Margaret was in care. We all did the same event in 2012 and we were determined to come back and improve on our times. We all beat our times by about 3hrs which shows that all our hard training paid off. I personally think I cycled and ran every road and track round the Mearns. Our next challenge will be an Ironman one day, once the legs are feeling better!”

For more information about the Margaret Lee Oncology Fund, you can visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jenniepicken1.