Young Lanarkshire boxer runs three miles a day to raise money for St Andrews Hospice

A young Wishaw boxer has raised hundreds of pounds for St Andrew’s Hospice for the second year in a row.

Young Gerry Taggart, nine, has again competed in the ‘Marcothon’ event this year, running five miles a day during the month of December.

In 2020 Gerry managed to raise a massive £2000 for the Hospice and hopes to hit that target after his latest effort.

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This time he had the help of his boxing club, Cambusnethan Miners, with members of the club joining young Gerry in his challenge.

Dad, Gerry Snr., told Lanarkshire Live: “The challenge requires you to run for 25 minutes or three miles – whatever comes – every day during the month of December.

“Wee Gerry unfortunately had to start running six days late due to chicken pox, but he added his extra runs in January to make up for it.

“He has covered a total of 80 miles this month, which is amazing for his age.”

The challenge also included coaches Graham Boal, Bryan Taylor and Martin O Brien, senior boxer Brendan Reilly and junior boxers Reece Muir, Aaron Bennett and Emma McCulloch.

Gerry’s runs saw him travel all over Wishaw, running in the town centre, Cambusnethan, Wishaw Golf Club and The Priory Woods.

He completed the challenge on January 6 and managed to run every day and is now focused on collecting as much as possible before the end of the month.

Gerry Snr. added: “Everyone did a great job and managed to fit their runs around work, school, exams and still into boxing coaching and training.

“Current fundraising is at £1,100 for this year. The JustGiving page will be open until the end of January or any donations can be dropped into the club.

“We hope we can beat last year’s record of 2000 pounds.”

Donations to Gerry’s challenge are still live on JustGiving, which you can find here.

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