May 11 2012 by Jennifer Buchanan, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
Troon Tortoises take part in record breaking round UK relay
THEY may be called the Troon Tortoises, but don’t think that means they're anything but determined.
For members of the town’s running group are set to take part in a world record attempt.
And part of their route will take them through Glasgow city centre on a Friday night.
RelayGB is a charity world record attempt with runners from around the UK running in relay around the British border.
And it’s believed that if it goes off without a hitch, the entire route could be completed in 18 days.
The route has been split into marathon length stints with those taking part either tackling the entire distance or splitting it into shorter sections and taking part as their own relay team.
And the Troon Tortoises will be doing both, with two members running the entire distance from Glasgow to Luss and others separating it into sections.
The Troon runners will take the baton from the previous runners at Ibrox as around 6.30pm on Friday, May 11.
They will then hand it off to the next group at 10.30pm in Luss at Loch Lomond.
Anne Noble has been a member of the group for the last seven years, and only joined as she trained for a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.
But she was bitten by the bug and now competes in all kinds of distance races from 5Ks to marathons.
She said: “We’ll be running through Glasgow on a Friday evening so hopefully we’ll have a good crowd of people cheering us on.
”It’s mostly road running but it’s almost certainly going to be some intense running.
“We’ll have a support crew alongside us the entire time though and we’ve all been given GPS watches so organisers know where we are at all times.”
Anne will be running alongside friend and fellow Troon Tortoise Hazel McFarlane, who is totally blind.
But she has already ran marathons and the entire group is raring to get going with the event.
The run has special significance for Anne as well, as the organisers are raising as much as they can for Brain Tumour UK.
And Anne lost a friend to a brain tumour last year.
She said: “It definitely adds a level of motivation and we’ve set up a Just Giving web page to try and raise as much as we can.”
To donate to the Troon Tortoises visit www.justgiving.com/TroonTortoisesForRelayGB