A 12-year-old Ayrshire girl is lacing up for her fourth Bank of Scotland Junior Great Scottish Run on Saturday 29 September in aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK charity.
Jessica Donnelly has completed the 2.5k junior run every year since 2015 despite having Osgood-Schlatter – inflammation of the knee where the tendon from the kneecap attaches to the shinbone.
Diagnosed when she was just nine years old, the disease is the common cause of knee pain in growing adolescents. However Jessica doesn’t let it stop her getting involved in different sport activities.
This year she is running the Junior Great Scottish Run to raise funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis UK to support her mum Claireanne Donnelly who has suffered with the disease for six years.
Jessica with British Track & Field athlete Eilidh Doyle at the 2017 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run
Claireanne said: “Jessica has always been an extremely active child and takes part in numerous activities and sports and is a member at the Seaforth Athletics Club. However, since her diagnosis she’s had to give up sports such as gymnastics and ballet as the pain in her knees can cause them to swell up.
“She is one determined little girl and this year even won P7 Sports Champion of the year at her school – Forehill Primary.
“The entire family are so proud of Jessica and we can’t wait to cheer her on at the finish line yet again. She sees on a daily basis how Crohn’s disease affects me so she wants to help raise funds that will go towards the charity’s important research to help find a cure.”
The iconic run will once again be supported by Bank of Scotland, who this year are celebrating their tenth year as partner.
The Junior Run, Toddler Dash, and Family Mile take 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.
If you wish to sponsor Jessica and support Crohn’s and Colitis charity visit justgiving.com/fundraising/claireanne-donnelly
For more information and to enter the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run click here (Toddler Dash is now closed)
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