A charity 5K set up in honour of a late West Fife army captain attracted a large group of enthusiastic runners and walkers to Dunfermline’s Pittencrieff Park on Sunday.
The event was held in support of the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, who tragically passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest while running the 2016 London Marathon in aid of Help for Heroes.
More than 120 people took part in Sunday’s event, with around 100 joining the late captain’s family in Pittencrieff Park and another 20 who joined in virtually from around the world. Friends, family and supporters from as far as America and Australia laced up their running shoes and completed a 5K.
Gary Seath, Captain Seath’s brother and founder of the fund, told the Press: “I think it proved to be another wonderful community fundraising event in David’s memory where over 120 people participated in the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund 5k.”
In total, the event raised £1,100 in support of the armed forces personnel, veterans and their families through Help for Heroes.
“When you consider that we’re now talking about a tragic event that took place over seven years ago, and you’re thinking about such significant numbers of the local community still coming out and supporting David’s legacy seven years on, I think that speaks volumes for the high regard that the local community had for David as a person and what he stood for.”
First held back in 2017, the 5K takes place each year on the weekend closest to the date of the passing of Captain Seath, a commando who served in Afghanistan and the Middle East with the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery and the 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery respectively.
Gary added: “The London Marathon Sunday will always prove to be a hugely poignant day for our family and that’s why it’s so important to set up the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund 5K on London Marathon Sunday because it provides a very positive focus for family, friends and the wider community to come together to remember David and raise funds to support his legacy.
“I think I speak for my whole family when I say that we’re sincerely grateful to the local community for their continued support, as well as the new supporters who joined us for the first time on Sunday and, collectively, I think we’ve forged an incredible force for good behind what’s become a truly remarkable legacy.”
Among those who turned up to the fundraising event were the 1145 Dunfermline Squadron RAF Air Cadets who helped direct the runners, joggers and walkers on the day, and the Widows Sons Scotland’s East Chapter of the Masonic Riders Association, who donated £150 to the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.
The group regularly makes donations to small local charities, and this time decided to give their members’ donations to the memorial fund.
Derek Ross, the chapter president, told the Press: “We’re Freemasons on motorbikes and what we do is we go around lots of small charities, supporting them as much as we can. The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund came into our line of vision so we thought we would support them with a cheque for £150.
“In reality, it’s not a lot of money but it makes some difference to small charities.”