With just ten weeks to go until the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, three participants have swapped their work uniform for running gear as training gets underway.
Firefighter Grant Carnachan, Marie Curie Registered Nurse Maggie McGhee and biomedical scientist Jill Campbell will be running to raise funds for the people they help in their professional lives when they take to the streets of Glasgow on Sunday 1 October.
The trio is now urging others to sign up to Scotland’s biggest weekend of running, and with organisers the Great Run Company offering a ten-week to 10K training plan, now is the perfect time to do so.
The event, which last year raised a fantastic £3.6m for hundreds of charities, will see thousands of runners take on 10k and half marathon routes. With fewer than 2,000 places left in the half marathon, aspiring participants are being urged to register before they are snapped up.
Grant Carnachan, 34, from Paisley, will be running the half marathon in his full firefighting kit, including breathing apparatus and cylinders, weighing in at a total of 23 kilos. He will be raising money for The Firefighters Charity and the Scottish SPCA Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Cardonald – a nod to the animal rescue jobs he has attended during his ten years of service.
Commenting on the challenge, firefighter Grant said: “This will be my first half marathon, so to take it on in my full kit is quite ambitious. However, I’ve always wanted to challenge myself and raise money for charity and the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run seemed like the perfect opportunity.
“I’ve chosen to run in aid of two charities close to my heart. I’m keen to support fellow firefighters going through hard times and I’m also a massive animal lover so wanted to support my local animal shelter, where my family and I have found our loyal companions.”
Jill Campbell, a 33 year-old biomedical scientist from Renfrew, works in the Clinical Laboratories department at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank. She will complete the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10K along with seven of her colleagues to raise money for the Golden Jubilee Foundation, the charity which supports the brilliant research and innovation delivered in the hospital.
Jill said: “The Golden Jubilee Foundation supports the groundbreaking innovations and world-class research work carried out at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, as well as providing additional support and care for patients and their families from all over Scotland.
“Seeing the amazing difference that our groundbreaking innovative work makes to so many lives really inspired us as a team to take on the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10K on 1 October. All sponsorship money we raise will go directly to supporting our patients. I’m looking forward to having lots of fun with my colleagues throughout our training and during the run whilst raising valuable funds for this brilliant Foundation.”
56-year-old Maggie McGhee, a Marie Curie Registered Nurse from Erskine, has chosen to take on the half marathon to help support the people she cares for every day.
Commenting, Maggie said: “I’ll be running the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in aid of Marie Curie so that my colleagues and I can reach more people living with a terminal illness and provide much-needed hands on care and support when people need it most.
"This my third run for Marie Curie but I have ran eight Great Scottish Runs in total, representing other hospices who look after terminally ill people. I just love it as you meet so many different people. Being able to run around your home city and have a chat and a laugh with everyone is just the best fun.”
Runners will set off at George Square, taking in some of Glasgow’s famous landmarks before reaching the tree lined finish straight in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument at Glasgow Green.
Over 30,000 runners of all abilities will participate in the three-day event, with Sunday’s 10k and half marathon bringing the weekend to a close. Popular Super Saturday will return to George Square for the sixth successful year. The Toddler Dash, Family Mile and Junior Run, set to take place on September 30, accommodates families and children.
Alex Jackson from organisers the Great Run Company said: “It’s fantastic to see the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run inspiring so many people to get out there and raise money for such a wide variety of worthy causes.
“Scotland’s biggest weekend of running encourages runners of all abilities, and the vast range of running experience we see reflected in our participants every year shows that anyone can take part and help make a difference.
"With just ten weeks to go, the countdown is truly on, and we look forward to people from all over Scotland and beyond coming together in Glasgow for what is always a hugely fun, exciting and inspirational weekend.”
Bank of Scotland has been title partner of the event for nine years running.
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