A Clackmannanshire runner has completed the ‘10 week to 10k’ running challenge at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run.
Scott MacMichael from Alloa finished in an impressive 44 minutes and 19 seconds in Glasgow to accomplish a second major fitness challenge in 2018.
The 37-year-old smashed the City to Summit challenge in July, where he had to run 39.4 miles and cycle 114.5 miles in just 20 hours.
While the graphic designer admitted he hadn’t run as quickly as he would have liked to in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, he was happy with getting across the finish line.
“For the fitness and form that I was in, I probably gave as good an account as I could have,” he said.
“I finished in 44 minutes 19 seconds. I hoped to be a bit quicker than two years before, and I was half a minute slower.
“I really enjoyed it. When I ran the quicker time two years ago, not a lot went my way. Whereas this year it did go my way, but I just wasn’t as physically fit as I was.
“Although the time was slower I had a much better all-round day.”
Scott ran the Great Scottish Run as part of the Community Challenge, launched by event sponsors Bank of Scotland to help get Scotland active – with the programme in its second year.
The campaign aimed to recruit one runner from each of the 32 local authorities in Scotland to take on a ‘10 week to 10k’ running challenge, with each receiving a personalised training programme by an expert coach in the weeks leading up to the run, which took place on Sunday September 30.
Scott received a team talk from double Olympic gold Medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes prior to the run. “I managed to grab a photo with her and listened to her wee pep talk,”
“She gave us the classic advice of trying not to go off to quickly and ‘believe in yourself’ and ‘chase your dreams.”
It wasn’t the only feat that the Alloa athlete has completed recently, as he became only one of 16 people in the country to have run at every Parkrun in the country.
Keen to maintain a peak level of fitness, the 37-year-old has vowed to keep up his love for running.
“I genuinely can’t remember what a Saturday morning lie in is. It’s been seven years of getting up on a Saturday and doing run!”
Bank of Scotland is celebrating its 10th year as partner of the Great Scottish Run.
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 2019 is now open for entry, offering both 10k and half marathon distances. To find out more and enter click here
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