Standard entries for the Scottish Half Marathon on Saturday 6 September closed on Wednesday (13 August) after over 3,600 signed up for the race. Runners can still register for the event held just outside Edinburgh, however, with more than 200 charity places still available.
Lizzie Harrop, 27, an occupational therapist, is gearing up to run the event for Cancer Research UK in memory of her mum who died almost ten years ago. Lizzie said: “I have always wanted to do something special for Mum. And this will help raise money and awareness too. In a way it’s a part of the healing process for me as well.”
Since leaving school, Lizzie has not been particularly active and says running a half marathon feels like a personal challenge and the most fitting tribute to her mum Margaret: “I wanted to do something significant for Mum and for me to feel I could ask people to sponsor me so it had to be something difficult for me to achieve. I am not a runner so this is a real endurance test! In a way it will be like what mum went through. There will be moments when I think I can do it and moments when I feel like I want to give up. But I won’t because Mum never did.”
Lizzie is particularly looking forward to running the half marathon alongside her husband, Rob: “Mum will be on my mind the whole time. And it will be special to be with by husband. It’s a huge accomplishment for us as a couple. Though I think he is worried I will beat him! I am nervous but I think it will be a great way to celebrate Mum and show her how much I love her.”
Race director Neil Kilgour added: “The Scottish Half Marathon delivery team see every entrant and runner as an ‘elite’ given the massive training commitment and personal sacrifice that every one of the thousands of participants have given in the build up to their big race”.
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