Hundreds of runners made their way to Holyrood Park on Sunday (30 July) for the 2017 Big Fun Run. Participants of all ages and abilities headed to the start line to take part in the untimed 5k where fun is the most important factor.
Many participated in the event as an opportunity to accomplish a 5k challenge while raising money for causes close to their hearts, remembering loved ones or simply keeping fit.
Mother and daughter Louisa and Hope Gilmour from Alloa defied the odds to take part in the event together in aid of Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity. Hope was diagnosed with clicky hips as a baby but, during an operation to resolve this, doctors discovered she had no hip sockets and would need new ones carved. Hope’s family were told that she may never be able to walk, or may walk with a limp following the operation.
Louisa said: “We weren’t sure what the outcome would be as we’d been told there was a high chance her ability to walk would be affected, so when she was given the all clear at the age of seven, we were absolutely over the moon.”
Since then, Hope’s achievements have been astonishing. She’s been in her school running club since Primary 3 and won her part in the relay in sports day. Ticking Big Fun Run off her list, Hope has set herself the goal of running London Marathon.
To find out more about Hope’s story and to support her fundraising efforts for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity to thank them for the amazing support they gave Hope and her family during her time in hospital visit the Just Giving website.