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A group of Dunoon women has completed a sponsored 5k run and raised several hundred pounds for various charities, including a local doctors’ surgery.

Seventeen women completed the run on June 5 which started at Kelvin Way, Glasgow.

Three of the women - Maria Carmichael, Seonaid Rae and Ann Robinson - put on their running shoes and raised £964.30, which has gone towards the purchase of an ECG machine for Argyll Street Surgery.

Maria told the Standard: “The run happened to take place on the hottest day of the year. “It was 27°, so it was challenging running through the streets of Glasgow in that heat – no need for rain ponchos this year.”

Maria went on: “We decided to raise the money for this particular cause as we wanted the local community to benefit.

A spokesperson for the surgery said: “There is a high level of heart disease in the west of Scotland. Prevention and treatment of this is very important. “We are very grateful to Maria, Seonaid and Ann for their amazing effort and especially pleased that the money raised will be for the benefit of the people of Dunoon.  This is a great achievement for Maria a she has suffered a heart attack and made a great recovery from it. ECG machines are very expensive and to help towards the funds the surgery also organised a raffled.

“We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and thanks to all the patients who also contributed.”

Maria said: “A great day was had by all. We would like to thank all those generous people and businesses who supported us and donated to our cause.

“Here’s to good health to us all of us who will be taking part again in 2017. If anyone wants to join us on next year’s run, look

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