Build-up to this year's 5x50 challenge has gained momentum with news that celebrities Michelle McManus and Dougie Vipond will be taking part in the communal fitness task. Scottish songstress and television presenter, Michelle, who ran the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow in 2010, has committed to the 5x50 challenge, which encourages people to run, walk, jog or cycle 5k every day for 50 days with the aim of changing habits for a lifetime.
Partners of the event, Business Banter, said: "Fresh from her appointment with Her Majesty the Queen, Michelle McManus takes up another appointment - with a pair of running shoes, as she joins our team of celebrity supporters. We cannot thank Michelle enough for her support a willingness to share her 5x50 journey via her show on Real Radio and column in the Evening Times."
Television presenter and Deacon Blue drummer Dougie Vipond has also agreed to take part. Better known for his love of cycling, Dougie has promised to add running to his routine for the task. Business Banter's website said: "Dougie has vowed to make 5x50 just that little bit more difficult for himself by pounding a few pavements over the 50 days. Our thanks go to Dougie and to Rhona McLeod too for twisting his arm enough to get him to commit, but not enough to inflict injury to get him out of the challenge."
His BBC colleague, Rhona McLeod, isn't the only famous supporter of the event - broadcaster Kaye Adams, adventurer Mark Beaumont and international road cyclist Roddy Liddle have all urged people to get involved. Mark, who broke the around the world cycling record in 2008, said: "This is a challenge that can change your life and show you what you're capable of."