Musselburgh Racecourse staff will take part in Sunday’s Edinburgh Half Marathon in memory of a valued colleague who died after battling pancreatic cancer.

Graeme Nish, 39, was the main joiner contractor at the East Lothian track and the eldest son of long serving racecourse caretaker Adam and wife Elaine who works in the customer services team.

Graeme, of Musselburgh, passed away suddenly on 15 June and now racecourse staff will raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK by taking part in the Edinburgh Half Marathon and 10k races on 23 September.

Clerk of the Course Harriet Graham, whose last race was the London Marathon 30 years ago, will be joined by marketing manager Aisling Johnston, marketing assistant Maiti Stirling, hospitality executive Grace Richardson, corporate hospitality manager Emma Bidie and her husband Jeremy.

Marketing manager Aisling Johnston, said: “Graeme was a wonderful person to have around the racecourse, he really loved his job and is he is sadly missed by us all.

“Some of us have never taken part in a race like this before but we are all fully committed. If we can raise a few pounds for pancreatic cancer research in Graeme’s memory then it will be well worth the effort and the training.”

The racecourse team hope to raise £1300 and so far have passed the halfway mark. If you would like to donate click here