A DUNFERMLINE woman is celebrating 10 years cancer-free by participating in this year’s Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run.
Dawn Hunter - who has been in remission from cancer for a decade – is marking the occasion by taking on 10 different challenges, including the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on Sunday, 30 September.
After being diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma in May 2008, Dawn has underwent two operations and had 16 moles removed as a precautionary measure.
In 2013, she decided to turn it around into a positive and start living life to the full by completing different challenges including, the West Highland Way, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, abseiling from the Forth Rail Bridge and hiking to Everest base camp.
This year, Dawn has set herself 10 gruelling challenges including the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, hiking up Kilimanjaro and Ben Nevis and the Stirling Marathon.
Dawn said: “I’m taking on 10 challenges this year not only to celebrate my milestone, but to fundraise for Macmillan. The support they gave me during diagnosis and aftercare was exceptional and I want to give back to ensure others who are going through what I did get same standard of first class care.
“I’m not a runner but what better way to challenge myself and do something memorable like the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run half marathon.
“I know it will be tough but as soon as you see the finish line and hear the crowds cheering the feeling of euphoria will be amazing. It makes it all worth it.”
With no time goal, Dawn is set to enjoy every minute. She said: “I haven’t set myself a time, and really don’t mind what time I complete it in as long as I get across the finish line.
“I’m going to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy myself as much as possible.”
The iconic half-marathon will once again be supported by Bank of Scotland, who this year are celebrating their tenth year as partner.
The event was officially launched at Glasgow Green this week, where runners will enjoy their own celebrations when crossing the finish line in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument on Sunday, 30 September.
The half-marathon runs on the same day as the 10k and both courses will remain unchanged this year. After heading out from the start at George Square in the heart of Glasgow, participants will follow either route through the city before passing under McLennan Arch ahead of the finish line at Glasgow Green.
With the Toddler Dash, Junior Run and Family Mile taking place on Super Saturday, 29th September and both the 10k and half marathon on the Sunday, up to 30,000 runners of all ages and abilities are expected to take part.
The Bank of Scotland Community Challenge will also return, which was first staged last year as part of the Bank of Scotland’s mission to get Scotland more active by encouraging runners from each Scottish Local Authority to apply to take on a tailored ‘10 week to 10k challenge’.
Philip Grant, Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group said: “I am immensely proud of Bank of Scotland’s 10 year partnership with the Great Scottish Run. Since 2009, it has evolved into Scotland’s largest mass participation event, bringing together over thirty thousand runners of all abilities and ages from all over Scotland.”
“It also raises millions of pounds for many worthy causes and for the second year running it will give our colleagues the opportunity to take on the challenge for our charity partner, Mental Health UK. The significant fundraising achieved through this important event underscores our ambition to help Scotland prosper.”
For more information and to enter the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run click here
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