8 Sep

Runners Ready For 5x50

5x50 runners.

Day one of the 5x50 challenge starts tomorrow (Sunday 9 September) and to mark the occasion there are several meet-up events across the country. The communal fitness task encourages people to run, walk, jog or cycle 5k every day for 50 days with the aim of changing habits for a lifetime.

The 5x50 team told scottishrunningguide.com: "This challenge started with a vision to make sport part of everyone's daily life. Not everyone will run a marathon, however anyone can complete the 5×50 challenge and experience the physical and psychological benefits that come from taking part."

Challengers are meeting up at events in Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh Livingston, Aberdeen, Perth, Fife, and in England, there are events in Bedfordshire and Northants. With the exception of Inverness, these are not official 5×50 events but merely an opportunity for challengers to meet one another.

Celebrities who have signed up for the challenge include Scottish songstress and television presenter, Michelle McManus, and broadcaster and Deacon Blue drummer, Dougie Vipond. Various well known athletes have also shown their support for the cause including Dame Kelly Holmes, who said: "Keeping fit and healthy is vital for people of all ages and the 5×50 challenge is a great way of making physical activity a part of your everyday life."

For more information on the meet ups and to register for the challenge visit the event website.