Triathlon test pays dividend for Larbert brothers

Scott and Calum tackled  the London Triathlon in memory of their grandad
Scott and Calum tackled the London Triathlon in memory of their grandad

Big-hearted brothers tackled a big challenge in memory of their grandad.

Scott and Calum McCracken from Larbert signed up for the tough London Triathlon to raise money for the Stroke Association as a tribute to their grandad, Findlay, who tragically died from a stroke at the age of 83 last July.

The former Larbert High School pupils built up a friendly rivalry as they prepared for the event in the capital at the start of the month - and both were well pleased when they completed the course in faster times than they had hoped.

Younger brother Calum (23) took the honour of being the first McCracken to cross the finishing line, completing the 1500m open water swim in the River Thames, 40k bike ride and 10k run through the streets of London in a time of two hours and 26 minutes with Scott, who was 25 the day before the August 3 race, just over a minute behind.

Calum, who lives with his partner, Sally, in Wolvey near Leicester and works as a sales accountant said: “We both finished in faster times than we expected which was a bonus, but the real plus was we raised over £1500 for the Stroke Association. I decided first to enter, but Scott didn’t need much persuading to join me.”

Scott, a PE teacher at Buckie High School in Moray, said: “The Stroke Association is a charity very close to us, but we didn’t expect to raise so much and are very grateful to all family, friends and work colleagues who sponsored us so generously.”