Iain's on the run for two years

TOTTERDOWN’S Iain MacDougall is halfway through his self-imposed two years of running – and he’s already beaten some of his goals.

Iain was featured in the Voice last year after he decided to set himself a challenge to lose weight and raise £10,000 in memory of his brother and his sister, who both died before their time.

His idea was to run a 5k and a 10k in the first year, followed by a half marathon and then a full marathon in 2018.

The first 5k was the Ready Steady Glow event at Ashton Court, held at night to the glow of neon lights. “It was a great feeling to actually complete my 1st ever event and at 36 mins I was very pleased,” said Iain.

Next up was a 10k run, a virtual event in aid of Stand Up 2 Cancer, completed in 1 hour 26 minutes – “fairly slow but I was over the moon.”

To up the stakes, next Iain tried an inflatable 10k, complete with inflatable obstacles. Despite this, he shaved his time down to 1 hour 20 minutes. After the 10k he did another 5k virtual race with a Harry Potter theme – “I may be 38 but am a child when it comes to all things Potter,” he said.

By the summer of 2017 it dawned on Iain that he could think about a half marathon. A friend signed up for the Great West Run in Exeter and talked him in to doing the same.

“I couldn’t actually believe I had signed up,” he said. “By the time the race actually came around I had only managed to complete eight miles – five miles short of the actual distance. 

The race started well – Iain beat his personal best 5k and 10k times. But at seven miles, his left foot began to hurt and he thought about stopping. “I decided against it and carried on, it did slow me down but in the end I crossed that finish line in a time of 2 hours 46 minutes! Probably seems slow to most, but I was a very happy man.”

Iain’s injured foot put a brake on the running – plus he married his partner Mary in November. Now he is back in the swing, having completed another virtual 10k in January.

He is training for an event such as a Tough Mudder or the Commando Challenge at Lympstone, followed by a full marathon near the end of 2018.

He’s also hoping that South West football clubs such as Bristol City and Rovers will contribute some signed merchandise to help raise funds.

Iain is collecting money for HospisCare in Exeter and the ICU department at Derriford Hospital in Barnstaple, North Devon. If you’d like to help, go to

• Crowdfunding.justgiving.com/2yrsrunning