Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run participants Rhiannon Meyer-Turner and Wendy Stewart are urging people to sign up to this year’s event after shedding an impressive thirteen stone between them in less than a year.
With under three months to go, they got together for a training session where they were also met with 80 bags of sugar – the equivalent of their combined weight loss.
Rhiannon, 26, from Perth, tipped the scales at 20 stone but vowed to turn her life around after suffering from sciatica. The keen runner almost halved her weight in one year, shifting nine stone as a result of regular exercise and a strict diet plan. Following the dramatic weight loss, Rhiannon decided to tackle this year’s 10k, which will see thousands take to the streets of Glasgow on Sunday October 1.
Rhiannon is also running to raise funds for various mental health charities – a cause close to home after battling depression. She is now encouraging others to push their limits and believes the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is the ideal opportunity to do so.
Speaking today, Rhiannon Meyer-Turner said: “This year’s 10k event will no doubt prove challenging but I’m confident the hard work will pay off. It’s the furthest I’ve ever ran but I’m a firm believer of setting personal goals and working hard to achieve them.
“Changing my lifestyle over the past year has allowed me to take part in physical events such as the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. At a healthy 11 stone, I can now enjoy exercise whilst raising money for a great cause.”
Wendy Stewart, 55, from Glasgow, chose to take on the half marathon after she shed over four stone in eight months to reach her target weight of 9 stone 10lb.
Commenting, Wendy said: “At 55, this will be a completely new experience for me. This time last year, I never thought I’d be able to run a half marathon, however, I’ve learned that it’s never too late to get in shape and give these things a go.
“I’m looking forward to being in the heart of the action and atmosphere, as well as being able to tick another item off my bucket list.”
Scotland’s biggest weekend of running will see participants follow both 10k and half marathon routes, taking in some of Glasgow’s famous landmarks. Runners will set off at George Square before reaching the tree lined finish straight in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument at Glasgow Green.
Over 30,000 runners of all abilities are set to 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 participants with such inspiring stories taking part in this year’s event. Rhiannon’s impressive weight loss should encourage others to set achievable goals and the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is the perfect way to get involved.
“As always, we’re thrilled to be organising such a large scale running event in the heart of Glasgow and look forward to hosting all ages and abilities.”
Bank of Scotland has sponsored the event for nine years running, with Mental Health UK as its nominated charity for 2017.
For more information and to enter the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run visit www.greatscottishrun.com.
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