jogscotland, Scotland's 20,000 strong recreational running network, received a boost this week with the announcement of a major sponsorship deal with Nuffield Health. The three year sponsorship deal will see backing for an extended series of jogscotland's popular 5k challenge races. The 5K series - all evening events held in June - now has 7 dates with a new race in Peebles and two in Edinburgh.
Nuffield Health is the largest healthcare charity in the UK with a hospital in Glasgow and five fitness and wellbeing centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Kilbride and Aberdeen, and they will now be working with jogscotland to get more people in Scotland to don their trainers and adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Alistair Currie, jogscotland manager, said: "We're absolutely delighted to form what we believe will be a very fruitful partnership with Nuffield Health. The two organisations have very similar ideals and we plan to work together over the three years of the sponsorship to to get individuals fit and keep them healthy by inspiring, supporting and enabling people to enjoy running.
"Running is hugely beneficial for general health in so many ways and the growth of jogscotland over the past 10 years to my mind reflects what I believe to be the 'second running boom' following an initial one in the 1980s. With the help of Nuffield Health we can grow that interest across the length and breadth of Scotland - and improve health statistics into the bargain."
Leslie Macmillan of Nuffield Health said: "Nuffield Health is delighted to become the title sponsor for the Jogscotland 5k series and the jogwork programme. This sponsorship allows us to support and help improve the health of the Scottish population. We are excited about this as we think there are many ways in which we can work together within the local communities across Scotland - at events, work places and in supplying our health MOTs for joggers taking part. We firmly believe in the benefits."
One jogscotland member for over 10 years, pensioner Rose Harvie agrees with Alistair Currie's assessment that running is beneficial for health: "I was approaching my 60th birthday and conscious of a family history of heart disease. I decided to do something to improve my fitness and took up running; I haven't looked back. Running is for everyone - not just those under the age of 40. I'm delighted jogscotland is now being supported by Nuffield Health and would encourage anyone and everyone to enjoy the 5k Challenges this June."
Rose is looking forward to a full spring event programme up to the June 5ks and plans to run in the Deaf Blind 10K in April, Glasgow Womens 10K in May and one of the Polaroid 10Ks. She also has a place in the Olympic Run.
The Nuffield Health jogscotland 5k Challenges 2012 will visit:
- Wednesday, June 6 - Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen;
- Wednesday, June 13 - Bught Park, Inverness;
- Tuesday, June 19 - The Gytes, Peebles
- Wednesday, June 20 - Glasgow Green, Glasgow;
- Tuesday, June 26 - Camperdown Country Park, Dundee;
- Wednesday, June 27, Inverleith Park and the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.