In addition to it being St Andrews Day on Sunday (30 November), the patriotically named Braveheart Fun Runs will also be taking place in support of the Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH). Peterhead Football Club in association with Peterhead jogscotland will host the runs, featuring 1, 3, 5, and 10K distances.
The runs are in support of David Cox, a Peterhead FC footballer who recently revealed he had mental health problems. David cites SAMH as one of the charities that has helped him overcome these issues. As well as running there will be face painting, bouncy castles, fundraising stalls and lots to eat and drink. Organisers will award prizes for the best dressed Bravehearts and Junior Braves.
Chair of Peterhead jogscotland, Stephen Bruce, explains: "We wanted to do something to show our support to David for his courageous decision in admitting he has had mental health problems. Also we want to emphasise the benefits of Getting Active when you have mental health problems to those who are less active. Many studies have shown keeping active helps to lessen the effects of depression, stress and anxiety. All are welcome to come along a try a beginners walk/jog programme which starts at 30 seconds jogging, 30 seconds walking for only 10 minutes."
Also on Sunday is the Wobbly Williams and SAMH 4th Annual Training Run . The event features a 5K option this year, along side the 10K and Half Marathon. The route will go from Dumbarton to Anniesland, along the cycle path. You can walk, jog or run the event, which aims to raise awareness for Funding Neuro & SAMH. Though it isn’t a timed run, it will be supported and signposted.
The event coincides with national programmes Get Active manager, Maurice Donohue, completing his 100 Half Marathons in 100 weeks challenge. To donate, visit Maurice’s Just Giving page. You can also donate to Funding Neuro at the charity’s website.
For more information on the training run, contact Maurice at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Alan Kennedy at email@example.com. For more info on the Braveheart Runs, go to the Peterhead Jogscotland website.