Published: 16/05/2017 16:00 - Updated: 15/05/2017 09:59

Dad waiting as Avoch man hobbles to marathon finish in memory of his mum

Written byHector MacKenzie

Steve was greeted at the finishing line by his father, Arthur, who flew down to London for the big event
Steve was greeted at the finishing line by his father, Arthur, who flew down to London for the big event

A BLACK Isle man who hobbled his way to the end of a poignant marathon run in memory of his “amazing” mum after suffering an injury along the way was greeted at the finishing line by his proud dad.

Steve MacArthur committed himself to running the London Marathon in memory of his mother, Roz, and as a fundraising thank you to the Black Isle Cares support group which helped the Avoch family in her final days.

Steve stumbled on a pavement at the 18-mile mark, pulling a muscle in his thigh. But the determined RAF serviceman limped on to the finishing line where his father Arthur, who runs the Burnside garage in Avoch, was waiting for him.

A veteran of two previous marathons, one in the Falkland Islands and the other in Edinburgh, Steve was rewarded for his plucky effort with a target-smashing total of £2280  for Black Isle Cares, the group set up by volunteers to help plug a care gap on the peninsula.

In his appeal for support, Steve said: “I lost my mum to a particularly nasty type of cancer last year.

“I have raised money in previous years for the national Cancer Research charity, but this year I want to say thank you to a small local charity that helped massively with my mum’s care in her final days.

“Their compassion and kindness helped to make a very difficult time that wee bit easier for myself and the rest of my family.”

After the run he paid tribute to everyone who helped him smash his original £500 target.

Steve was brought up in Avoch and joined the RAF at 16, in 1995, as a survival equipment fitter.

Roz MacArthur was a much-loved member of the local community in Avoch
Roz MacArthur was a much-loved member of the local community in Avoch

His first posting after training was Kinloss, before moving to Bruggen in Germany for three years, returning north to Lossiemouth in 2001.

In 2005, he moved to RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire, where he spent 11 years, and last year he was posted to RAF Marham.

Speaking on his behalf, his wife Sonia said: “He would like to say a huge thanks to everyone for the donations and for all the messages of support, they really spurred him on, as did his dad Arthur flying down for the day.”

He plans running the Loch Ness marathon on September 24 and he has entered the ballot for the 2018 London Marathon, which he’ll hope to complete injury-free.

Well-wishers offered heartfelt messages of support on his fundraising page. One wrote: “Your mum was amazing.” Another said: “All the best Steven, your mum was a wonderful lady and must leave a big hole in your family’s hearts.”

To make a donation to Steve’s fundraiser, visit his charity page at mydonate.bt and enter “Steve MacArthur” in the fundraisers search box. It will remain open until May 23.

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