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#GetYourBellyOut - Kilomathon Scotland 2015

by Press Release
Monday 17th November 2014

Race feature: Kilomathon Scotland - Sunday, March 29, 2015

6.55k Kilomathon Becomes the Perfect Training Distance for Crohn’s Sufferer Kelly McCraw, aged 33 from Edinburgh is a perfect example of how running Kilomathon can not only increase your physical fitness levels, but also help you raise money for a worthwhile cause. Staged in March of every year, Kilomathon becomes the perfect training event, offering two very distinct distances of 6.55km and 13.1km.

Although being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2006, Kelly has always attempted to keep fit. Working in the fitness industry for over 12 years meant that her condition and exercise had to tolerate each other. Kelly is also part of a facebook support group called #GetYourBellyOut which is a support group for people with Crohn’s and Colitis. With a few of the members having been adversely affected by this disease, she wanted to do something for them.

Kilomathon Scotland - Sunday, March 29, 2015

Photo: Kelly pictured with her Mother Margaret after completing Kilomathon 2014

In 2004 she decided to take part in 10 events to raise money for the charity Crohns and Colitis UK (www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk). Two of her chosen runs this year were the Kilomathon and the Edinburgh half marathon which is part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

The 6.55k Kilomathon distance provided a great training run for the rest of her challenges. As this was only her second event of the year, Kilomathon offered a challenge, but was also achievable. Kelly took part in Kilomathon 2014 with her mum, Margaret McCraw from Jedburgh. Margaret, who is a member of Jedburgh Joggers also has Colitis.

Kelly said: “This was the first time I had taken part in the Kilomathon and it was so nice having a flat route in Edinburgh. I really enjoyed it and as a huge rugby fan it was great running into Murrayfield Stadium for the finish line. I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Kelly has now completed 8 events, with only two more to go, including a charity spin and bake. Collectively Kelly and Margaret are aiming to raise over £1,500 for Crohns and Colitis UK. Both are a true inspiration completing a series of 6.55k runs through to Half Marathons. You can visit their fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/Kelly-McCraw.

Kilomathon 2015 takes place on the 29th March, starting at the Leith Docks, with views over the Firth of Forth, before heading past the famous Royal Yacht Britannia and then on to the legendary home of Scottish rugby Murrayfield Stadium. With children’s races of 2.55k, a 6.55k route and the pinnacle 13.1k event there really is a distance to suit everyone.

Visit www.kilomathon.com for further information


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