Author Chris Brookmyre will join hundreds of runners on Sunday 9 December when he and three generations of his family take part in the jogscotland Christmas Cracker 5K Challenge. Chris, 44, whose novels include Quite Ugly One Morning and Boiling a Frog, lives close to Challenge-venue Strathclyde Park and is running the 5K with his mum Grace, wife Marisa Haetzman and 12-year-old son Jack.
Chris admits it was his mum who roped the rest of the family into taking part in the event, saying: "It was her idea, she was looking up races that we could all do together, and said 'do you want to do it?' It was a 'Yes' pretty quickly from my wife and I, but Jack was told he was doing it!
"I think we decided to do it because of the convenience of it being nearby, and sometimes it's something like that that provides the impetus for us all to do something together."
Chris, whose next novel, Bedlam, is due out in February, says running helps him clear his head when working: "I just find running quite helpful when I'm writing - I usually do a loop of about 7km at least once a week. I do a lot of walking during the day when I'm working too - it's just very helpful - the thoughts flow in a different way. I think there's also a triage process that happens, you're putting so much effort into the running that the things that aren't important drop away a bit."
jogscotland programmes coordinator Ann Davidson said: "It's just brilliant to hear that Chris's whole family are getting involved in the Christmas Cracker. It's a fun 5K designed to be as inclusive as possible, and to have family members from three generations getting active together just sums up what it's all about."
The course will be chip-timed and all finishers will receive a t-shirt, goody bag and medal. There will be prizes for the best Christmas-themed fancy dress and Secret Santa spot prizes.
The jogscotland Christmas Cracker 5K Challenge starts at 11am on 9 December at the Boathouse in Strathclyde Country Park. Entrants are welcome to walk, run or jog, and entry is open to everyone aged 11 and over. Entry is £9, or £7 for jogscotland members. For more information and to enter visit the event website or call 0131 539 7350.