Falkirk’s marathon men

Headhunters gym owner Stephen Gilliespie with Colin Green and Brian Retson, who are running the Loch Ness Marathon
Headhunters gym owner Stephen Gilliespie with Colin Green and Brian Retson, who are running the Loch Ness Marathon
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Two Falkirk business owners have been inspired by the Olympics to pound the pavements.

Colin Green, who owns Northstar bar and cafe in Vicar Street. and Brian Retson of Retson’s Barbers in Manor Street will tackle the Loch Ness Marathon at the end of the month.

The duo, who have been friends for years, will bring some friendly rivalry to the 26.2 mile race.

They ran the Glasgow Half Marathon at the start of the month and admit increasing to a full marathon in just a few weeks will be a challenge.

Colin (38) said: “We’ve both only just run our first half marathon but confidence, or naivety, has made us think we can do the full 26.2 miles just a few weeks later.

“I’ve been really inspired by the Olympics so I’m really looking forward to the challenge.

“I watched Nicola Adams win gold in the boxing and her coach said she started out as a flat-footed asthmatic.

“I thought, these are ordinary people who have worked really hard to achieve their goals, there’s no short-cuts, you work hard, and only through hard work, will you get the breaks and the luck you need to succeed. A metaphor for life!”

Colin has been building his fitness with regular boxing sessions at Headhunters gym above his bar while Brian has been supplementing running with workouts at Bannatyne’s.

Both are running for charity, with Colin choosing to run for CHAS after watching an online video about the work the children’s hospices do and Brian running for animal charity the SSPCA.

To sponsor either of the runners, visit www.justgiving.com and search for Colin Green or Brian Retson.