Shetland fisherman to run NY marathon –

Shetland fisherman to run NY marathon Published:  16 May, 2007

A SHETLAND fisherman plans to run the New York Marathon, later this year, to raise funds for the local and the national MS Society.

Sean Sparrow, from Whalsay, said he felt very passionate about the issue as there were cases of Multiple Sclerosis in both sides of his family and he wanted charity to start at home.

Speaking from board the Venture, north of Shetland yesterday, he

said he his fiancée had planned a whole range of fund raising event over the summer.

His initial target is to raise £2,000 for the MS Society, adding that

anything above this target would go to the local MS Society branch.

The 33 year old said he was used to do jogging, but had never undertaken a challenge like running a full marathon.

“Every week I am at home from the fishing I will run anything between a few miles and ten miles, and will hopefully get that up to 20 miles in a day. I shall also try to get myself into an exercise routine while I am at sea.”

He added: “I am doing this because my first cousin’s husband on my side of the family has MS and my fiancee’s sister has MS. So, actually both sides of the family are directly affected by MS.

“Also, the skipper’s first cousin had MS and passed away at Christmas. I feel the MS Society is a good cause to run for.”

Mr Sparrow will distribute donation sheets to the local shops throughout Shetland, and will also organise Sunday teas and discos in the Symbister Hall in a bid to boost funds.

People can also sponsor him online at

Alternatively, donations can be sent directly to Mr Sparrow’s home address at 9 Norrendal, Symbister, Whalsay, ZE2 9TS.

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