Harrogate family’s 10k run in memory of dad

Ian Wilkie and his son Elliot.
Ian Wilkie and his son Elliot.

A Harrogate family is running 10k to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland.

Ian Wilkie and his sons Craig, 21, and Elliot, 17, are heading to Edinburgh where they plan to run up and around the city’s famous extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat.

The challenge, dubbed The Hill, has already raised over £3,800 for the charity through donations from friends, family, and business associates.

Ian, 47, said: “Our family lost my dad, Alistair, on April 12 last year as a result of complications associated with vascular dementia.

“We wanted to mark the anniversary in a positive way, so we have arranged the challenge for April 12 this year.”

Ian’s family were supported by Alzheimer Scotland for three years, following Alistair’s diagnosis almost nine years ago.

“They provided help to my mum throughout dad’s illness and we would like to do what we can to raise funds so that they can help others in the same situation,” Ian said.

In addition to undertaking research to tackle Alzheimer’s Disease, Alzheimer Scotland also provides support services and information for people affected by dementia.

Jamie and Grant, Ian’s nephews, will also be taking on the 10k challenge which will start and end at George Heriot’s School where both Ian and Alistair studied.

Originally from Edinburgh, Ian and his family, who have lived in Harrogate since 1997, will be cheered on by familiar faces on their way round the course.

Ian said he chose the location and the distance of the run because he wanted it to be a challenging, but also personal event.

“My dad grew up there and so did I, and we used to run from the school and go round Arthur’s Seat,” Ian said.

Currently up to 7k, Ian and Elliot are hoping their training will get them to the finish line.

Ian said: “This isn’t necessarily something we are used to doing, so if you see us out training up Otley Road, give us a wave of support.”

Donations can be made at http://www.justgiving.com/TheHill.