A Cardenden woman is advocating the benefits of running as a way to tackle mental ill health.
Lisa Richie, 42, has experienced serious mental health issues in the past but since starting a couch to 5k programme in 2017 says she has never looked back.
She credits running with helping her to maintain a more positive outlook.
Since 2017 the fulfilment assistant manager for Lloyds Banking Group has completed four half marathons
Next month she hopes to cross the finish line in her third Great Scottish Run, this time in aid of Hillview day hospital in Dunfermline.
The service has been a big support for Lisa and she hopes to raise a large sum so she can give something back to boost the work they do.
She said: “There’s no pressure when taking part in Great Scottish Run, it has such a fun and party-like atmosphere on the day. I can’t wait to take part again.
“Trying running was a suggestion from my psychologist and I found the couch to 5k programme was a great way to get started,” she added.
“I was doing it alone so didn’t feel I’d disappointed anyone if I missed a session but equally I could push myself to complete longer runs if it felt right too.
“Running helps me clear my head and spend time outside enjoying the fresh air – I’d encourage everyone to give it a try.
“Start small, there’s no rush and if you struggle to do it alone find a running partner or join a local free run. Signing up for a local run is a great way to stay motivated too.”
The run through the streets of Glasgow will once again be supported by Bank of Scotland.
Mental Health UK is the chosen charity partner for Bank of Scotland 2019 and those looking to complete the Great Scottish Run in aid of the charity should select Mental Health UK when registering or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a vest and fundraising materials.
The family mile, junior run and toddler dash take place on Super Saturday, September 28, and both the 10k and half marathon the follow day.
Up to 30,000 runners of all ages and abilities are expected to take part.
For more information and to enter visit www.greatscottishrun.com.