A Kirriemuir dentistry student is running the London Marathon next month in memory of her close childhood friend, Claire Taylor.
Claire died aged just 17 of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes.
Rebecca Morris, a student at Dundee University, qualified for London last year when she completed the Edinburgh Marathon in a time of three hours and 20 minutes.
She told us: “I am running the London Marathon in memory of Claire, one of my childhood best friends, who sadly passed away in 2012. I am running to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.”
Rebecca (21), started running with the Dundee Hawkhill Harriers when she was 12 years old. Now in her fourth year of a five-year course, she trains with Dundee Road Runners.
She set herself the personal challenge of running the Edinburgh Marathon in a time of under three hours and 45 minutes which would allow her to quality for London and was “ecstatic” when she smashed the time.
She continued: “When I managed to achieve a time of three hours 20, I was ecstatic as I knew I would have a guaranteed place to run in London 2017. I really wanted to run London for a worth while cause and felt running to raise money for JDRF would be.
“Claire was one of my childhood best friends and our mums are both best friends. I went through nursery, Northmuir Primary and Webster’s High School with Claire; our families are still very close. When the devastating event occurred in 2012, it really left a hole in so many people’s hearts.”
Rebecca has set up a JustGiving page for her London marathon. On it she pay tribute to Claire saying: “Claire’s enthusiasm, love for life and ‘daft as a brush’ personality has been sorely missed by so many people and the small community in Kirriemuir.
“I therefore wanted to try and raise some money for type one diabetes awareness, to prevent such devastating situations occurring in the future.
“The charity Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation dedicate their work to fund research to find a cure for type one diabetes. They also give important support and a voice to people with type 1 diabetes and their families. I am going to try and raise some money to help such a meaningful charity.”
To donate to Rebecca’s efforts please visit her JustGiving page - http://www.justgiving.com/Rebecca-Morris21?utm_id=26