Tayside and Central Scotland

Hundreds attend funeral of Dundee's 'Blade Runner'

Image caption Ronnie Mcintosh died at the age of 62 from pneumonia last Thursday night at Ninewells hospital

Hundreds of people gathered at Dundee crematorium to pay tribute to the man dubbed the city's "Blade Runner".

Ronnie Mcintosh died at the age of 62 from pneumonia last Thursday night at Ninewells hospital.

Mr McIntosh, who was a member of the Hawkhill Harriers running club, was a double amputee and a kidney transplant patient.

The former council worker had raised thousands of pounds for charity through numerous fundraising events.

Mr McIntosh was a dedicated runner and continued to compete in the sport even after the loss of his legs in 2008.

Torch bearer

Hawkhill Harriers described him as "a true Hawk and an inspiration".

He won the Sport Scotland Disability Sports award in 2011 and was the British record holder for a double amputee in 5km race walking.

Last year, he carried the Olympic torch through his home city.

Dundee City East MSP, and Scotland's Commonwealth Games and Sport Minister, Shona Robison had nominated him for the honour.

She said: ""I was proud to nominate him to be an Olympic Torchbearer and I know how keen he was to take on that role.

He was an inspiration and did a lot of work with children, promoting sport and above all, showing by example what could be achieved despite disability."