With the Scottish Government aiming to increase physical activity in teenagers through their 'Let's make Scotland more active' campaign, one school in Falkirk is following this mantra. Next Sunday (March 18) will see 8 sixth year pupils and 13 teachers from Braes High School tackle the Alloa half marathon.
Training for over six months, the staff and pupils have been raising money for the school's chosen charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust. After completing the Alloa half marathon, the runners have also committed to tackling the team relay event at the Edinburgh Marathon on May 27.
One of the teachers, Brian Morris, explains why the school have decided to run for the Teenage Cancer Trust: "We have chosen the charity as this has most recently affected one of our pupils and is close to all our hearts at present. The events are a great opportunity for our staff and pupils to achieve something together and all for an amazing cause."
A member of Lothian Running Club since November 2011, Brian will celebrate his one year running anniversary next week. After taking up the sport through the couch to 5k programme, the Alloa half marathon is one of a series of upcoming events for the teacher: "As with many of the teachers and pupils taking part, I'm a real newcomer to this but have really got the bug. After Alloa, I have registered for the Canal Run 10K in Kirkintilloch."
Now in its 30th year, the Alloa half marathon is expected to attract over 1300 competitors on Sunday. A fast scenic course with long flat stretches along the Ochils, the route contains one challenging hill at the 11 mile mark. Last year's race saw Tewolderberhan Mengisteab take first place with a time of 1:06:27, while Nathalie Christie prevailed in the female competition, finishing in 1:20:31.
If you want to sponsor the pupils and teachers at Braes High School, you can visit their fundraising page.