26 August 2011
A Scottish scientist will inspire many next weekend as she plans to take part in the 2011 Dingle Marathon, despite being having been diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of a golf ball.
Scientist and former Scottish women's rugby international Vicky Galbraith (38) from Skye will travel to Dingle this week where she intends to complete the Half Marathon despite having just undergone months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
“I know chemo is the typical training regime, but doing a race like this with fantastic company, good craic and in a stunningly beautiful location has to be the perfect antidote!” she told DingleNews.com this week.
“I am expecting a 'personal worst' for my race time so the Olympic Team need not worry! I am simply happy to be alive and to be a part of this, to live, love and laugh and hopefully enjoy a few pints of the black stuff.”
Vicky was diagnosed last October and surgery to remove the cancerous growth left her with 27 staples in her head. In a cruel twist of fate, as a scientist, Vicky had been working in area of cancer drug research.
Joining Vicky on her Dingle adventure will be Lindy Birch-Kelly from Washington DC, a senior staffer for a member of the Democratic Leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lindy and Vicky played rugby together at Leicester’s Stoneygate Rugby Club where Lindy was completing her Masters. The pair, who will travel to West Kerry with friends and other family members, are really looking forward to doing the Dingle Marathon together.
“Vicky’s spirit has inspired so many” said Lindy. She herself will be four months pregnant when she tackles the Dingle Half Marathon. “We can't wait to get to the Dingle Peninsula and get started!"
The Dingle half and full marathon takes place on the 3rd of September 2011, more information is available online at DingleMarathon.ie.