After completing 50 half marathons last year as part of his Mo Go 50 challenge, Maurice Donohue has decided to continue the challenge into 2014. Maurice is aiming to complete another 50 half marathons by the end of the year to raise funds for the Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH).
Formerly an athletics development officer with West Dunbartonshire Leisure, Maurice has recently taken on a new role with SAMH as national programmes Get Active manager. Get Active is SAMH's programme to improve Scotland's mental health through participation in, and engagement with, physical activity and sport.
Maurice told scottishrunningguide.com about SAMH’s plans for the future: "One major and positive step forward is the newly formed partnership that exits between SAMH, Scottish Athletics, jogscotland and Paths For All, which aims to provide information, advice and support on the promotion of physical activity to improve the quality of life for people that may have mental health issues.
"It is still early stages yet, but the vehicle of mass participation in events such as Great Scottish Run provides the opportunity to raise the profile of the charity as well as fundraising. SAMH may have their own 10k event in the near future. However, there is already an unofficial SAMH 5K taking place on Saturday 31 May at Balloch Country Park. It’s part of the Run’n’Park 5k series which consists of a free weekly event open to all in the community to try and get children and parents more active."