Whalsay resident Holly Jamieson confesses she has never been a runner. However the 22-year-old is preparing to push herself in order to raise vital funds for a cause close to her heart.
The Anderson High School learning support worker will join her mum Kathleen and friends Joanne Stewart and Julie Leask in the Granite City to take part in the inaugural Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run on Sunday 27 August – all four raising funds for Disability Shetland.
Holly, who will run in the 10k race with her mum explained: “I have a lot of time on my hands over the summer months when the school is off, so I help out as a support worker with the Disability Shetland holiday club. Joanne is involved there as well.
“Two of Julie’s sons have recently been diagnosed with autism and would be interested in attending the club in the future. My mum also has a friend whose daughter benefits from the services the charity offers, so we all have a strong interest in it."
"Over the years, however, cutbacks have led to the club struggling to keep going with all the things it does, so we decided to start some fundraising.
“I wouldn’t say that I’ve been totally bitten by the running bug just yet, but it’s definitely getting easier. I think there’s a couple of other women from Whalsay planning to take part in the Great Aberdeen Run. We chose to do it because it’s one of biggest events nearest to Shetland and I think it’s relatively flat in Aberdeen, which is good. It should be inspiring running with so many other people.”