The Mac Twins hit ground running for marathon challenge

12 March 2018        

Category: Fundraising

Identical twin DJs and TV personalities, The Mac Twins, are to take on the iconic Virgin Money London Marathon for the BHF.

two girls in running vests staring into camera on running trackNamed one of four Scottish Cultural Innovators by Ted Baker, Lisa and Alana Macfarlane will be pounding the capital’s pavements to raise money crucial funds for our heart research, after losing their dad to a heart attack. 

The identical twins are more likely to be seen behind a DJ booth or TV screen. They have performed all over the world, including at the 2012 Olympics, Wireless Festival and Radio 1’s Big Weekend. They have also been seen spinning records on ITV’s hit show Love Island and at The Brits, have toured with The Official Charts show and host primetime radio slots with Virgin Radio and BBC Radio 1Xtra. 

They are choosing to support the BHF after their dad sadly passed away from a heart attack whilst playing golf in May 2014, when he was just 58. Every day, around 190 people will die from a heart attack in the UK and each year, there are nearly 200,000 hospital visits due to heart attacks alone. 

Alana said: “To say we are heading out of our comfort zones by taking on this challenge is an understatement and we have to admit – we’re a little nervous. We aren’t experienced runners at all, so we have no doubt that this will be one of hardest things we’ve ever done. 

Lisa added: “It won’t be easy, but we are hoping that the adrenaline and atmosphere on the day will spur us on, even if we are crawling to the finish line. And for every pound raised, we will be helping fund cutting-edge breakthroughs needed to end the devastation caused by heart disease, which is more than enough to keep us going.”


Liam O'Reilly, Events Lead at the BHF, said: “We are thrilled that Lisa and Alana have chosen to take on this legendary challenge for the BHF and we will be supporting them every step of the way. We are the largest independent funder of heart research in the UK and we receive no government funding for our research – by joining the fight and becoming Heart Runners, they will be helping us stop heart disease in its tracks.”

Become a BHF Champion

The Mac Twins will be joining around 400 brave runners on Sunday 22 April in a united front against heart disease. The Virgin Money London Marathon hopes to raise close to a million pounds for the BHF, which will help fund pioneering research into heart disease.  

But if a marathon isn't for you, we organise and have charity places for over 70 challenge events this year to suit all abilities. Whether it's a cycle ride, trek, run or swim, make 2018 the year that you become a BHF Champion. 

Take on a challenge for the BHF