Marathon effort from Milton of Campsie minister!

Church minister and breast cancer survivor Julie Moody has raised an incredibe £7,000 for two great causes after taking part in the virtual London Marathon.

The Rev Moody, of Milton of Campsie Church, collected the amazing amount for Breast Cancer Now and the Beatson Cancer Care after getting on her running shoes on Sunday, October 4.

She posted on her online fundraising site: “I had never planned to run anything more than a 10k but when my friend Suzie said she was applying for the London Marathon as part of a fund raising challenge, I decided I would apply on the off-chance that I got a place.

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“My plan was to transfer the place to her if her application was unsuccessful. How noble!

“Suzie didn’t get a place. I did – and discovered, to my horror, that they cannot be transferred.

“Faced with the dilemma of refusing the place (as most sane people would do), deferring the place (and thus having 17 months to train – or 12 to procrastinate and five to train) or accepting the challenge – I decided it was at least worth starting the training.”

Julie had initially hoped to raise £100 for every mile of the 26-mile event she managed to run – but managed to raise three times that amount.

She said she chose the two charities after having breast cancer twice – in 2015 and 2018.

She said: “I’ve spent a fair chunk of time receiving treatment and care from the amazing staff at this centre. I don’t like going there – but I’m glad that it exists.

“Doing this run is my way of saying thank you and God bless you to the staff, and is a message of support to a couple of my dear friends who are receiving care there just now.”

She added to her online supporters: “I hope you never have to receive cancer treatment but, if you do, places like the Beatson make a