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Merchiston boys go on the run to beat blood cancers

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21 Jun 2010

Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh will lace up trainers and show the grown-ups how it’s done at the Bupa Junior and Mini Great Edinburgh Run on 2 May.

The pupils will go on the run to help official charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research beat blood cancers.

Liz McColgan visited Merchiston Castle on 27 April to meet pupils taking part in the Bupa Mini and Junior Edinburgh Run. Considered one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time, Liz is patron of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s running team, known as the Banana Army.

Over 30 pupils at Merchiston will join the Banana Army for the Bupa Mini and Junior Edinburgh Run events. The school is hoping to raise £5,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Yvonne Dickson, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s Regional Manager for Scotland, says: "We’re so pleased that Merchiston Castle is running to support Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Sadly, more people under 40 die from blood cancers than from any other cancer.

"Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research currently has £3.7million invested in Edinburgh. Thanks to the money Merchiston Castle will raise, we can continue to fund groundbreaking research to bring us closer to a cure for all blood cancers."

Headmaster at Merchiston, Andrew Hunter, commented: “This is the second year the school has taken part in the run, and we are delighted to support Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research this year.  It is a fantastic opportunity to bring the Merchiston community together, while raising money for a very worthwhile cause.”

The Bupa Mini and Junior Great Edinburgh Run takes place on Sunday 2nd May 2010, the same day as the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run – making it a great day of running for all the family. Both events are for boys and girls of all running abilities and will take place at a new location within the beautiful surroundings of Holyrood Park.

To support Merchiston, please visit their justgiving page or call Yvonne Dickson on 0131 669 7862.

For more information or to enter the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run visit