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This year, 2013, my son Alex should have been celebrating his 5th birthday. Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in June 2010 and despite the bravest of battles, he died, aged 4, in September 2012.

Inspired by his life, I have resolved to run (or hike, cycle, kayak (?!) where appropriate) 500 km around Scotland in a series of events (per the list below), all before Alex's birthday (16 September).  Not being a runner by any stretch of the imagination, it is a serious challenge, but one which I am equally serious about completing.

I'll be doing all of this to raise money for The Neuroblastoma Society - their sole purpose is the relief of children suffering from neuroblastoma, and to achieve this it raises funds for UK medical research into improving both diagnosis and treatment of the disease, with well over 90% of funds raised being spent directly on helping to fight this awful disease.

500 for Alex Challenge - 2013

 1. Meadows Half Marathon - Sun 3 March

2. Kilomathon - Sun 17 March -

3. St Andrews 10k - Sat 6 April

 4. Rock and Roll Half Marathon - Sun 14 April

5. Maggies Monster Bike and Hike - Sat 4 / Sun 5 May

6. Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon - Sun 26 May -

 7. 7 Hills of Edinburgh Challenge - Sun 16 June

8. Corrieyairick Challenge - Sat 6 July

9. Dundee Half Marathon - Sun 21 July 

10. Coll Half Marathon - Sat 17 August

11. Coast to Coast (Rat Race Event) - Sat 14/Sun 15 Sept - Nairn to Glencoe (nr Ft William) -

 TOTAL - 505km

Updates 5

After successfully completing the 500 for Alex challenge in 2013, Team Alex is still running, cycling, walking and anything else which comes to mind (!), all to raise more money in Alex's memory, for invaluable research by The Neuroblastoma Society.

01/06/14 09:07

Genuinely overwhelmed to have reached my fundraising target - really can't believe how generous you people have been. Thank you so much everyone. So, that's 7 Events down now - "just" 4 to go!

16/06/13 09:01

5 events, and over 150km, done! Some tough ones coming up, so thanks to everyone once again for your continued support.

05/05/13 10:20

Wow! Thanks everyone for your support so far! 2 events done - 34km down, "just" 466 to go...

18/03/13 12:37

Less than 2 weeks to go till event no. 1 in the 500forAlex Challenge!

19/02/13 08:48

Raising money for

Neuroblastoma UK

Neuroblastoma UK

Charity Registration No. 326385

Neuroblastoma is a rare aggressive childhood cancer. About 100 children are diagnosed in the UK each year. NBUK works exclusively for these children in raising funds for British research into the disease, and offering information and support to families affected by neuroblastoma.

Raising money for

Run by Neuroblastoma UK

Charity Registration No. 326385

Donations 204

Donation by Kidzcare Ltd on 11/06/14


Donation by Gary Whelan on 06/01/14


+ £15.00 Gift Aid

We're proud of you Nobes! From all the Langlands

Donation by Jeff Langlands on 27/10/13


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by James Hamilton on 02/10/13


+ £17.50 Gift Aid

Congratulations well done all of team Alex

Donation by The Eastons on 15/09/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Well done everyone, think that its fantastic what you are all doing, a cause well worth it Liesa and Wes xx

Donation by Liesa Hamilton on 14/09/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Brilliant effort Chris! Well done. Ross and Guy.

Donation by Ross Nicol on 14/09/13


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Wishing you all the best for Saturday. Hope the last "few" km of this amazing challenge go smoothly and that the wind is behind you all the way. Just imagine how good it will be to cross the finish!

Donation by Carron and Steff Bell on 12/09/13


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Totally fantastic! Amazing Chris.

Donation by Caroline Loudon on 11/09/13


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Great challenge for a great cause. Good luck with the big one!

Donation by Kevin Hampton on 11/09/13


Good luck for the final event Chris - amazing stuff.

Donation by Beth Anderson on 11/09/13


Great effort and a fantastic tribute to your boy. Well done and best wishes.

Donation by Will Batchelor (friend of Rob Calder) on 11/09/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck for the final push.

Donation by Adam Clark on 11/09/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done guys.

Donation by Julie & Harry on 08/09/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Fiona Buchan on 02/09/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Best of luck for all events. Such an amazing thing you are all doing for a great cause. David, Emma & Matthew Sweeney

Donation by David & Emma Sweeney on 30/08/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Rob

Donation by Mark Anderton on 29/08/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

All the best for the last leg.

Donation by Frank Boyne on 22/08/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

You go and save the best for last. Sterling effort Nobes!

Donation by Oban Chocolate Company Friends/Family on 22/08/13


+ £62.50 Gift Aid

Well done all, very impressive efforts.

Donation by NICKI FLYNN on 22/08/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done guys and hope you raise even more money over the next few weeks !

Donation by Barry Buchanan on 21/08/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

One more to go!

Donation by Dave Paton on 20/08/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Emma Hamilton on 18/08/13


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

To Chris, Brockie and the rest of the team. Very best luck for today and your final challenge next month.

Donation by Gregg & Sara Learmonth on 17/08/13


+ £50.00 Gift Aid

Very proud of you all taking part in all these events to raise money for such a wonderful cause. Good luck tomorrow.

Donation by Noreen & Barry Sweeney on 16/08/13


+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£8,065.75
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£8,065.75
  • Gift Aid£1,706.44

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