Stenhousemuir gran goes through pain barrier in Race for Life

Margaret crosses the line
Margaret crosses the line

A pensioner who fractured her shoulder during a charity run has been praised by her proud daughter as “one in a million”.

Margaret Hastings (71) tripped while jogging in Callendar Park during Cancer Research’s Race for Life event on May 20.

But despite the pain, Margaret, from Stenhousemuir, got up and finished the route, raising £140 for the cause.

This week, daughter Jackie Peddie said she was very proud of her mum.

She told The Falkirk Herald: “She’s a trooper.

“She wanted to keep going as she didn’t want to let her sponsors down or make a fuss,

“I couldn’t have done it – I know what that pain is like – but she just got on with it.

“I’m so proud of my beautiful, brave mum.”

Gran-of-eight Margaret and daughter Jackie were among 1500 women who took part in Falkirk’s Race for Life.

About three-quarters of the way round, Margaret tripped as she was running from Kemper Avenue back into Callendar Park.

Jackie said: “She went down and a steward helped her up.

“She stood for a few minutes and decided to carry on.

“She thought she had jarred her arm, gritted her teeth and finished the race in 44 minuutes.”

But Jackie soon knew that her mum wasn’t herself.

The 44-year-old added: “My husband and I gave her a lift home, but when I waved to her, she didn’t wave back.

“Later she had tried to use her arm and the pain hit her.”

Widow Margaret was taken to A&E at Forth Valley Royal Hospital where an x-ray confirmed a fracture just below Margaret’s shoulder joint.

Jackie added: “What amazed me was that she actually did the last quarter of the race in agony.

“She’s a star.”

Margaret, of Bruce Drive, said she had been determined to finish the run.

She said: “I’ve run Race for Life before for family members who have died of cancer, but this year, I was doing it in memory of my brother-in-law Duncan Hastings who died at the end of March.

“So many people had sponsored me so I kept going.

“I’ll be off work for six weeks and am going to the fracture clinic, but I have a great family who are looking after me and great friends and neigh-bours.”

Gillian Forsyth, Cancer Research’s event manager for the Falkirk event said: “We take the safety of participants very seriously and a full assessment of the route was conducted before the event took place.

“Margaret’s determination to complete Race for Life goes well beyond the call of duty and her commitment to raise money for Cancer Research UK is truly impressive.

“We wish her a very speedy recovery.”