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Staggering response to fundraising marathon in memory of young Kingussie star

By Gavin Musgrove

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Eoin Baikie (left) with his much missed friend Calum Mackintosh.
Eoin Baikie (left) with his much missed friend Calum Mackintosh.

There has been an absolutely amazing response to a fundraising marathon by a Kingussie shinty star in memory of his late great friend and teammate.

Eoin Baikie is running his 26.3 miles in Edinburgh to raise money for the Calum Mackintosh Memorial Fund in aid of the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

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Baikie has set up a JustGiving page and there has been an overwhelming response.

He saet a target of £500 but at this time £5,725 has come in - an incredible 1144 per cent of the target.

Baikie told supporters: “My friend Calum Mackintosh and I were planning to run the Edinburgh Marathon together this year.

“We loved to challenge each other.

“Tragically, and without any warning, Calum died from a catastrophic cardiac event in November. I have been completely devasted by the loss of my friend.

“However, I have decided to keep the promise I made to Cal and run the marathon.

“If, at the same time, I can raise some money for The Calum Mackintosh Memorial Fund through the charity CRY, I know this will spur me on.”

Every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit young people die of undiagnosed cardiac conditions.

With funding support, CRY can reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) by working with cardiologists and family doctors to establish good practice and appropriate screening facilities to promote and protect the cardiac health of the young.

Donations and more details can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/page/eoin-baikie-1712407888142

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