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With Follow the Seagulls postponed because of COVID-19, Mairi has used her time in lockdown to take on a brand new challenge – 90k on the cross trainer!

Mairi’s husband, Michael, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January 2018, and passed away on 23rd December last year. In her efforts to support others, Mairi was set to take on our Follow the Seagulls challenge, and is continuing to support brainstrust and the brain tumour community during lockdown. She has just completed her epic challenge, and has smashed her incredible fundraising target of £1,750.

“So as you all know the country is in lockdown and our event (Follow the Seagulls) has been postponed until September, however due to the nature of my day job in the hospitality industry and fact that hopefully we will be very busy in September I can’t possibly take the time out to travel to Fife. With that in mind I have had to come up with a creative way to complete my challenge within the confines of our current situation … so I will complete the 50 miles on my cross trainer over 3 days. 

So my lockdown challenge will take place on the 6th/7th/8th April. I will cover 30K each day which will total 90K (50 miles is 80K). I’ve increased the distance a little as its over 3 days and all on the flat. As there is only myself and Junior (son), Junior will have to verify that I actually take part and complete the challenge. We will do this via social media throughout the 3 days … Junior won’t let me get away with anything! I really am very sorry that we have to do things this way but better this than nothing at all.

Mairi kept us updated on her social media with the progress. How did she feel at the end?

“OMG that was worse than I thought it would be!! It’s officially gin o’clock everywhere!! So it’s done, 30k for 3 days, that’s 90k total going nowhere! I’ve reached over 85% of my fundraising target – one final push folks and we’ll get there!”

With all of our fundraising events postponed or cancelled because of COVID-19, it’s amazing people like Mairi who are keeping fundraising alive and are keeping our support going. The funds Mairi has raised will help us be there for the people who need us more than ever during this pandemic.

What’s your lockdown challenge going to be? Let us know by emailing hello@brainstrust.org.uk