Tonia takes first in charity race

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A CARNOUSTIE mum has raised almost a £1,000 after coming first in a 26 kilometre charity walk race.

Tonia Whitmore, who is a full-time mum to her four children, completed the course on Saturday which took participants around Dundee starting from Abertay University.

And Tonia finished the walk, which is equivalent to just over 16 miles, first in a time of just three hours and 45 minutes despite the blistering heat.

Her efforts have raised around £925 for charity, which will be donated to Alzheimer Scotland.

Tonia said: “I chose to raise money for Alzheimers because my partner Barry McDonald’s gran passed away recently and she suffered from the condition.

“Even though it was hot I really enjoyed the walk and was surprised to be the first one finished.

“I would love to raise more money for the charity and maybe do more walks which are a bit further.”

At the moment Tonia is collecting all of her sponsorship money which has included donations from friends and family as well as from much further afield.

She added: “My partner works at the BP camp in Iraq and he even got people out there to sponsor me and I have been converting the currency they gave him into pounds so that can be donated.

“I have to say thanks to everybody who sponsored me including Tayside Garage Doors and Smarty Pants nursery as well as my grandparents who helped with babysitting and my parents who met me at the finish line.”