Andrew Smith was completely new to running outdoors when he decided to take on the Edinburgh Marathon to raise money for the Rangers Charity Foundation and set himself a personal challenge at the same time.
“I decided 2016 was going to be a year to achieve something to be proud of. I am fairly fit but have never been one for outdoor running and have never competed in any race, so what better way to start than with a Marathon!”
Andrew knew that a 10K or even a half marathon would not push him outside his comfort zone enough, and so decided to take on the marathon in order to test his limits. He embarked on an intense training schedule to reach his goal of completing the run.
“The training was gruelling! For 24 weeks I completed 5 to 6 workouts a week, it was demanding and I had to be fully committed. Seeing the progress I was making helped to keep me motivated and made it all the more worthwhile. You will only get out what you put in.”
Andrew decided to run for The Rangers Charity Foundation as he is a massive Rangers supporter and the Club has always been a huge part of his life.
“Rangers has been in my family for generations - from brothers, father, grandfather and so on. This, coupled with the fact the Charity Foundation helps so many worthwhile causes that touch us all, made it an obvious choice for me and I needed no persuasion to sign up.”
Andrew has now raised over £4300 for The Rangers Charity Foundation, which will help make the world of difference to so many lives! His main source of fundraising was his JustGiving page which he shared regularly on social media alongside updates on his runs. He also used sponsor sheets in his workplace and got some of his friends to do the same. Finally, he raffled off a stadium tour that was donated by the Rangers Charity Foundation.
If you are taking on a challenge on behalf of the Foundation please get in touch, we would love to hear about your plans and support you as best as we can.