Edinburgh runners pitch in to raise funds for Ryder Cup captain's charity

Colin Montgomerie and BUPA Great Edinburgh Run

Scottish golf legend Colin Montgomerie called on his supporters earlier this month to take part in this year’s Bupa Great Edinburgh Run in aid of his cancer charity, the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation.

Colin, who will captain the European team at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in October, was joined by members of staff from Edinburgh Leisure – who manage the Braids Hill Golf Course -  as they surveyed the route of the 10k event.

Established in 2007 in memory of Colin’s late mother who died of cancer, The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation aims to raise funds to provide practical and emotional support to people and their families affected by the disease.

The hotel group Malmaison and Hotel du Vin have already raised £100,000 for the Foundation through walking the gruelling West Highland Way and Colin wants to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run for his Foundation.

He said: “I’ve been genuinely touched by the support we have had in our bid to raise over £2 million to build the Elizabeth Montgomerie Building in Lanarkshire, an area with some of the highest cancer rates in Europe.

“We still have a long way to go, so we would appreciate the support of all the runners who could take part in the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run in aid of the Foundation.  It’s a magnificent course in one of the great cities of the world and hopefully next year, when I’m less busy on the golf course, I will be able to attend myself.

The Foundation is currently working with Edinburgh-based Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres on the construction of the new Elizabeth Montgomerie Building at Monklands Hospital, Lanarkshire.

Paul Bush OBE, chief operating officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: “Every year millions of runners take part in mass participation events across Scotland and raise thousands of pounds for charity.  This is just one of the ways in which mass participation events like the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run give back to the communities which host them.  The Bupa Great Edinburgh Run is one of the highlights in Scotland’s events calendar and inspires runners from all over the UK to train and take part in a race which showcases Edinburgh’s iconic landscape and enthusiastic crowds.”

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