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GETTING OUT AND ENJOY SCOTLAND'S GREAT OUTDOORS

25 September 2017

A Highland council worker will represent the region at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Community Challenge on Sunday 1 October to help inspire others to get out and enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors.

Marsela McLeod, from Evanton, is a long-term runner and orienteer who was inspired to sign up for the run to help raise awareness for healthy living.

Bank of Scotland, sponsors of the Great Scottish Run, launched the Community Challenge to help get Scotland active, with the aim of recruiting one runner from each of the Scottish local authorities to take on a ’10 week to 10k’ running challenge by following a personalised training plan, created by a Great Run expert coach.

And the 53-year-old, who benefits from the recreational run network Jog Scotland, admits she is relishing the opportunity to compete in her first big road race.

“I try and promote ‘Jog Scotland’ whenever I can so it is just to keep the profile high and to encourage people to be active as well,” said Marsela, who will be running the event with her son.

“You don’t have to be young, you can take up running at any age and still get something out of it.

“I have never really done a big race, but everyone says it is a fantastic atmosphere so I would like to be part of that.”

Marsela believes training for the event gave her something to aim towards and massively motivated her to push herself, something she hopes will work for others who are looking to maintain a good level of fitness and training.

“I want to prove to myself that I can still go out and take part in a road race and I want to be a role model for people up here who are thinking about running,” she said.

Starting at George Square in the heart of Glasgow, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run will see runners follow the iconic route through the city before they reach the tree-lined finish in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument.

Philip Grant, Chair, Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group, said: “This challenge is a fantastic addition to the event and adds to our aim to help Scotland prosper and make a difference in our local communities.

Bank of Scotland is supporting runners from communities across Scotland on their 10 weeks to a 10k challenge for the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Community Challenge. For more information, click here

To enter the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10k click here

Watch the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run live on BBC Two from 11.00 to 13.45 on Sunday 1 October.

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