Los Angeles-based music executive Rene Merideth is more used to handling licensing for stars like Kings of Leon, Bruno Mars, Pete Townshend, Lucas Secon and Kara DioGuardi than pulling on a pair of trainers but that's exactly what she did when she took part in her first-ever half marathon in Edinburgh.
It's not the first time Rene, director of licensing for Bug Music and a passionate lover of Welsh rugby, has faced a physical test in the UK. She has twice taken part in the demanding 'Dragonride' road cycle challenge, in Wales, in memory of a close friend and fellow rugby fan she lost to cancer. Her efforts have so far raised well over £1000 for AICR.
This year she has decided to venture further north for her next visit to the UK and pound the streets of Scotland's capital in memory of another friend who died of cancer last year.
Says Rene: “This is my first running race and I've been training since October. I've found a 'like' of running that I didn't know I had before! For various reasons, it's going to take me the full three hours to complete.
“I have no fundraising goal. I want to raise whatever I can! I've directed everyone to AICR's website because fundraising should all go directly to AICR.
“And this year, as in years past, I'm taking part in someone else's memory. Last year one of my best friends lost his mom to cancer, so this year is for Francis Huke and her son (my friend) Andrew. It's all about having strength and courage. Those I've lost showed the world a face of bravery in a time of pain that I cannot match. What AICR does is priceless.”
Speaking from AICR's St Andrews headquarters, Geraldine Long, the charity's donor development manager said: “We at AICR believe that cancer is a world-wide problem that will need a world-wide effort if we are going to beat it. As we receive no Government funding, we rely entirely for our income on generous donors like Rene. We are absolutely delighted that we will be able to meet with her again when she comes to Scotland and thank her in person for her invaluable support.”