On 4 August, Glasgow will host a marathon with a difference. Instead of running 26.2 miles the East Fortune Roller Marathon sees participants take on the distance on roller skates to raise funds for Deafblind Scotland.
Team Awesome - a group of skating enthusiasts from Glasgow - will be talking part in the event. They were formed in January by Glasgow Roller Recruits, members of the Glasgow Roller Derby (GRD) training programme. They decided to ask some of the male skaters from the Mean City and Jakey Bites teams to join them. Those members included Mean City captain BruiseDog - aka Jazza Crawford - who completed the marathon last year plus another in memory of a deceased friend. Jim Whyte - who competes under the pseudonym Whyte & MacDie - is also taking part. Jim skates for teams all over Scotland and recently joined the European men's team, The Expendables.
Sara McCann - aka Five Star Sylk - of GRD spoke about the event: "It's going to be awesome! I'm really looking forward to it. It will be good to take on the challenge with people I've grown very close to. A lot of these people I didn't know six months ago and now I can't imagine life without them. It's going to be worth it, even just to raise awareness of Deafblind Scotland, which is a great charity."
Carol Anne McMahon, resources manager at Deafblind Scotland and fellow GRD member will be pulling on her skates for the race. She added: "On the day when you've got all the skaters and the crowd cheering you on it will be such an amazing atmosphere."
For more information, visit the Deafblind Scotland website.