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Shinty player completes a magnificent seven marathons in seven days to raise over £6000 for Highland Hospice


By Alasdair Fraser

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Connor Golabek finishes 7 marathons in 7 days..Connor Golabek was rightly tired after all his running..Picture: James Mackenzie..
Connor Golabek finishes 7 marathons in 7 days..Connor Golabek was rightly tired after all his running..Picture: James Mackenzie..

He felt beaten and broken early on day three, but marathon man Connor Golabek stuck it out to complete an incredible fundraising feat for Highland Hospice.

The Glenurquhart shinty player drew on depths of endurance to tackle a magnificent seven marathons in seven days, crossing the finishing line on Saturday morning to applause from family and friends.

He had never before run more than a half marathon before final training last month.

Connor Golabek receives applause as he comes up to the Highland Hospice building on the final stretch. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Connor Golabek receives applause as he comes up to the Highland Hospice building on the final stretch. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The 26-year-old cyber security expert’s charity tally has rocketed past a £2000 target to more than £6000, with another £500 still to come from shinty club team-mates.

The Raigmore man, a hospice volunteer during lockdown, said: “It was a fantastic final day and just complete exhaustion and relief at the end. I’m completely blown away by donations. I can’t thank everyone enough. Highland Hospice do amazing work and I’ve seen how much funds are needed.

Connor Golabek crossing the line. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Connor Golabek crossing the line. Picture: James Mackenzie.

“I’m hoping to do other challenges in the future, but recovery might take a while! With the adrenaline gone now, the knees are agony.”

Glenurquhart team-mate Michael Fraser, the former Caley Thistle goalkeeper, completed the second marathon with him, while coach Stuart Mackintosh cycled another to keep spirits up. Eight team-mates in the club’s red and black joined on the final day, but day three proved make-or-break.

Exhaustion after Connor Golabek completes his running. Picture: James Mackenzie..
Exhaustion after Connor Golabek completes his running. Picture: James Mackenzie..

Mr Golabek added: “Three miles in, I actually stopped to phone the hospice to say I couldn’t go on. I had incredible pain shooting through my foot, up to my knee.

Connor Golabek with Eddie Tembo and Billy Urquhart, members of the Glenurquhart Shinty club who ran part of the way with Connor. Picture: James Mackenzie..
Connor Golabek with Eddie Tembo and Billy Urquhart, members of the Glenurquhart Shinty club who ran part of the way with Connor. Picture: James Mackenzie..

“I decided to battle on to a mate’s house and then got back on it. From then on, whenever the bones got really sore, I knew I could do it. That’s a great life lesson for the future.”

Mr Golabek, who is nephew of former Caley Thistle, Ross County and Clach defender Stuart Golabek, ran his fastest marathon on day one at 3hrs and 36mins, with the last completed in 4hrs and 12 mins.

Connor Golabek with his sister, Lucy Golabek and grandparents, Stuart and Lorraine Golabek in front of the Highland Hospice squirrel. Picture: James Mackenzie..
Connor Golabek with his sister, Lucy Golabek and grandparents, Stuart and Lorraine Golabek in front of the Highland Hospice squirrel. Picture: James Mackenzie..

To donate, visit his fundraising page.

Shinty star to tackle seven marathons in seven days for Highland Hospice


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