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Stuart’s 10K for His Remarkable Son Archie

Stuart’s 10K for His Remarkable Son Archie

Since the day his son, Archie, was born, his family have spent endless days in the Sick Kids Hospital. Born premature at 25 weeks with a perforation of the bowel, surgery was performed after just 1 day of Archie’s young life. His father, Stuart Gunn, is running the Men’s 10K Edinburgh for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, after seeing the miracles that they have performed on his son.

After a drain was inserted to his bowel in the incubator after just 1 day, surgery was performed. A section of the bowel was removed and a stoma was formed.

Archie was also born with an open heart valve (PDA) which affected the way oxygen was passed around his body. As well as this, it was discovered that he also had chronic lung disease meaning he needed high pressure oxygen for the duration of his time in hospital.

2 weeks of failed antibiotics later, another surgery took place following developing necrotising enterocolitis (NEC). Archie had a further section of his bowel removed and a second stoma site was created.

His next surgery was to have a central line inserted. At this point Archie was being fed by TPN as he was unable to consume food or liquids orally.  Unfortunately the first central line failed due to infection so, again, Archie had surgery to removed this and a new line was fitted.

It was advised that it would be best for Archie if both stoma sites were reconnected to get Archie back feeding. He had spent a significant amount of time on TPN and this was having a negative effect.

Stuart and his wife, Toni, were told it was unlikely Archie would survive post operation for this surgery due to the scale of surgery and the poor condition of Archies lungs.

Archie had the operation and it went to plan, within 3 days Archie was sitting up and extubated and back to high pressure oxygen. From then Archie began to be fed milk orally and was on full feeds within a few weeks with no issues.

He was referred to Glasgow Hospital to have his heart valve, which was still open, observed. To the shock and amazement of the hospital it had closed itself. Within 6-8 weeks Archie no longer required Oxygen and managed to get out of hospital just in time for Christmas!

Once he was home, it became apparent Archie had a hernia in one of the stoma sites. Another trip to the hospital happened just after Christmas and had this corrected.

Since his last visit to the Sick Kids in January, Archie has made a full recovery and has been getting stronger everyday. This is credit to the phenomenal staff at the Sick Kids. Stuart and Toni have made some very special friends at the hospital and Archie is now somewhat of a celebrity due to his amazing progress!

To learn more about Stuart’s story and donate please visit:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/toni-gunn1

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Scotland’s men make positive change at Men’s 10K Edinburgh

Scotland’s men make positive change at Men’s 10K Edinburgh

Thousands of guys took to the streets of Edinburgh for the Men’s 10K this morning on a cold but gloriously sunny day in Scotland’s capital city.

The collective spirit of the Men’s 10K runners never fails to generate a truly unique atmosphere as guys from all different walks of life come together, united by the same goal. This feel-good atmosphere was certainly evident today, as the music blared and the Royal Mile slowly filled up with guys eager to start their journeys.

Supporting a 1,500 strong army of men, plenty of locals and charity cheer groups lined the streets to support, further adding to the already fantastic atmosphere.

From the start line, runners dropped down into Princes Street Gardens, heading past many of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks including the Scott Monument, Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Park, before heading up through Grassmarket and onto a grandstand finish at BT Murrayfield Stadium. Plenty of friends and family gathered in Murrayfield’s West Stand to cheer runners over the line.

The Men’s 10K never fails to conjure up some incredible runner’s stories. Among the finishers was Greg Royle who was fundraising for the event’s official charity Cancer Research UK. Greg’s decision to raise money for CRUK came after his family were directly affected by the disease. He said:

“My brother suffered from a malignant brain tumor a few years ago. Without the treatment he received from the from CRUK and the NHS he would not be here today, so I am raising money to give back and support them in their fight against cancer.”

You can read more and donate to Greg’s JustGiving page here.

Greg Royle was delighted at the finish line

Also completing today’s 10K was David Spence, who was fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK in memory of his grandad who died from cancer a few years ago. David said:

“Today is actually my grandad’s birthday, so running the Men’s 10K today in support of such a great charity seemed like a good way to honour his memory after such a tragic loss.

“I really enjoyed the run and finished a lot quicker than I’d hoped!”

You can donate to David’s JustGiving page here.

And Adrian Thomson was running for MS Society Scotland after seeing close family affected by the condition. He said:

“My mum and aunt have both suffer with MS, so I felt it was time to support them even more by fundraising for the charity that helps them and all others with MS around Scotland.

“I love running so why not do it for a fantastic cause?”

You can dontate to Adrian’s JustGiving page here.

In addition to today’s event, the Men’s 10K ‘Man Cave’ has been located on Mound Precinct over the days preceding the event, just off Princes Street in Edinburgh. The Man Cave also made its way to the finish area at Murrayfield today! The Men’s 10K’s resident dinosaur, Rex and his historically dubious caveman friends were out and about distributing over 4,000 man bags filled with important health information. This included contributions from Cancer Research UK, Prostate Cancer, the Scottish Association for Mental Health, Health in Mind and the Eatwell Guide.

For those who want to do it all again next year, early bird entries are now OPEN for the 2018 Men’s 10K Edinburgh. Next year’s event will take place on Sunday 4th November. To find out more and enter, visit https://www.mens10k.com/edinburgh/.  

The 2018 Men’s 10K Glasgow takes place on Father’s Day, Sunday 17th June and you can also grab an entry for that today at https://www.mens10k.com/glasgow/.

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Niall Darroch to run Men’s 10K in son’s memory

Niall Darroch to run Men’s 10K Edinburgh in son’s memory

Niall Darroch will run this year’s Men’s 10K Edinburgh for SANDS Lothians; a local charity who offer befriending and counselling to bereaved parents, and he predicts that it will be an “emotional experience” for many reasons.

In 2015, Niall’s son Ryan was stillborn despite the best efforts of staff at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Niall recalls:

“From the first difficult moments we felt the influence of SANDS Lothians.

“We were lucky to know a midwife friend who put us straight in touch with the charity, and they were able to support us from day one. They offer individual, family and group counselling, and events to help parents commemorate their babies. Not too long ago, stillborn children were whisked immediately away and parents encouraged to simply forget their babies as the way to recovery.

“The expert support SANDS Lothians offered really made the difference in coming to terms with Ryan’s stillbirth. We are able to think of him with love and pride, and being able to talk about such a difficult subject hopefully reduces the taboo that bereaved parents sometimes feel.

“Fundraising for this cause is really important to me for a number of reasons. First and foremost, helping SANDS Lothians fund their ongoing work means other families can be helped through difficult times. I knew that there would be a large and diverse group of SANDS Lothians supporters running the Men’s 10K, and I’m looking forward to being part of a pack of men with a shared focus.

“I’m also convinced of the mental health benefits of being active. I’m sure that running the Men’s 10K through my adopted hometown in the company of men all racing for the good of others and themselves will be an emotional experience.”

You can donate to Niall’s JustGiving page here.  

If you want to join Niall and thousands of others on the start line on the Royal Mile next month, there’s still time. Late entries are available until 5pm on Wednesday 1st November. Find out more and enter at https://www.mens10k.com/edinburgh/.

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Men’s 10K Edinburgh returns with a bang

Men’s 10K Edinburgh returns with a bang

The Men’s 10K staged its second event of 2016 in Edinburgh on Sunday 6th November, after the Father’s Day event in Glasgow back in June.

An eager army of men flocked to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on a crisp November morning, ready to tackle this beautiful city-centre 10K. Each of the runners, knowingly or not, helped in some small way to create a positive impact not only on their lives, but on the lives of others.

The 10K route took them past many of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks including the Scott Monument, Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Park, before heading up through Grassmarket and onto a grandstand finish at BT Murrayfield Stadium.

Around 1,200 men crossed the finish at the home of Scottish Rugby, each with their own reason for running and their own story to tell. Whether they were running for personal reasons, for a loved one or for a cause close to their heart, we salute them for being part of the Men’s 10K movement.

Among the finishers was 32 year old Mark Howell, who was running for Down’s Syndrome Scotland and more specifically for his beautiful daughter Lucy. Lucy was born six weeks early and had to be resuscitated several times in her first few days, it became apparent that she had Down’s Syndrome early on, and Mark was put into contact with Down’s Syndrome  Scotland who have been a constant pillar of support for Mark and his family since.

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Mark said: “We are so lucky to have had the support of Down’s Syndrome Scotland, they have helped in so many ways, helping us understand Lucy’s condition and putting us into contact with families in similar situations. Lucy has turned into such an amazing, happy and beautiful child, and has brought so much happiness to everyone’s lives. We know there will be times when she is challenging but that is the same as any other child and we genuinely would not change her for the world.”

Elsewhere, 19 year old Rory Barraclough crossed the line at the end of his first ever 10K. Rory was raising funds for The Yard, which is a purpose built adventure playground in Edinburgh for children and young people with disabilities; Rory works with disabled children and often takes them there and sees the great work they do.

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He said: “The kids absolutely love going to The Yard, they provide such a great service. They very much rely on charitable donations to keep their centres running and to keep costs as low as possible for parents and carers. I know that any money I raise will really make a difference so that has kept me motivated. On a personal note, it was great to have the Men’s  10K to aim for as it kept me fit and gave me something to train for.”

Event Director Neil Kilgour said: “The Men’s 10K plays such an important role in Scotland, inspiring thousands of men of all ages and abilities to think about their health and decide to make a positive change. We’re delighted that the Edinburgh event has been so welcomed by everyone in the Capital, and we’re looking forward to continuing to build on this success.

“The bottom line is that these men have stepped up and are in a better place as a result of participating today in the Men’s 10K, whether that be in Glasgow, Edinburgh, or both. They did not say I could, I might or I wish, they got up, put their trainers on and made a positive difference to their lives.

“The decline of men’s health in the UK is not inevitable, if others can look to the men who ran today as an example, they too can be encouraged to take positive steps to shape their future.”

While every man that made it to the start line achieved a personal win just by getting there, first across the line was Peter Avent of Shettleston Harriers in a time of 30 minutes and 35 seconds,, second home was Patryk Gierjatowicz of Hunters Bog Trotters in 32 minutes and eight seconds, with Duncan Coombs, also of Hunters Bog Trotters taking third spot in 32 minutes and 15 seconds.

In addition to today’s event, the Men’s 10K ‘Man Cave’ has been located on Mound Precinct over the days preceding the event, just off Princes Street in Edinburgh. The Man Cave Dinosaurs and cavemen braved the elements to distribute over 1400 man bags filled with information from the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and Prostate Scotland.

Event Director Neil Kilgour added: “We are delighted to have been able to reach out to normal guys on their lunch break or on their way home to put valuable health information in their hands – this is what the Men’s 10K is all about. A huge congratulations to everyone who took part today – you all fully deserve your finisher’s medal and T-shirt and should wear them with pride. Walk tall knowing that what you have achieved today that will shape your future for the better.”

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