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Going the extra mile in 2012 for friend

Friends Brian Taylor and Roz Currie are taking on a mammoth fundraising challenge on water, foot, and bike, across four countries and two continents to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The pair will be completing 12 events in 12 months in 2012 after being inspired by their friend, 33-year-old Anders Gibson, who suffers from the life-threatening disease.

Five of the events will take place in Edinburgh and they will also compete in the Chicago half-marathon in America.

Brian, 32, said: “We’ll be running 61k, canoeing 18k, cycling 249k, climbing 5.6k and travelling 12,800k.

“I met Anders through a youth event when we were 12 years old and we’ve been friends since then. I have seen him deteriorate over that time.

“When he was 12, he had physio and took pills but he could pretty much run around like a normal 12-year-old boy. Now he can’t run around at all. He can’t spend too long walking around outside because it can take its toll.”

The “12 in 12 in 2012 challenge” will start with the Edinburgh Great Winter Run (5k).

Their next fundraising event will be the “ultimate gym class challenge” on 3rd February, where they will complete six hours of gym classes, from body pump to spinning, at Fitness First on Glasgow’s Cathcart Road.

Brian said: “We’ll do it in fancy dress with leotards and I’ll probably be looking slightly ridiculous in a 70s moustache.”

On 25th March they will complete the Bradford 10k and then on 7th April they will complete one of their biggest challenges, canoeing the length of Lake Windermere. They will then take part in the 10k Great Manchester Run on 20th May before they cycle from Glasgow to Islay in June.

In July, Brian and Roz will take on the Three Peaks Challenge Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland and then cycle in the Glasgow to Edinburgh Bike Ride in August.

The Chicago half-marathon is on 9th September and then the Great Edinburgh Run (10k) in October.

Brian said: “In November, we’ll walk the seven hills of Edinburgh in fancy dress. We’ll be tandem biking between the hills.”

Roz, 31, said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge but I’m carrying an injury at the moment.”

Their last event will be the Great Edinburgh Santa Run in December.

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