Charity runner William Robertson has resolved to his increase his mileage in 2014 with the 28-year-old aiming to run 2014 miles over 12 months to help raise funds for Yorkhill Children's Charity. William suffers from schizoaffective disorder and has had a turbulent past that involved stints in prison. In the last 10 months, however, he's turned his life around - losing five stones and running in marathons, half marathons, 10ks and 5ks.
William told scottishrunningguide.com: "I had a past of gangs, prison, solitary confinement and I was locked up and sectioned abroad in Greece. I've made loads of life changes and running has improved my life and existence, I love it."
On how running has helped William change his direction in life he said: "It's become a coping mechanism to my illness - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Now I can help others through fundraising and give my time and energy to this life, of better health and being a good role model to my daughter.
"I've chosen Yorkhill as my friend's kids have been in Yorkhill Children's Hospital and had great support from the staff. And that's what it is all about - an element of care, caring for each other on the road and journey to better health. My illness has no cure but learning so much about the care element and making life more comfortable to me, I want to share that with others and help others with the element of care. We can all care."
Following comments by ultra runner William Sichel on how he uses hypnosis to mentally prepare for races, William Robertson revealed that meditation has helped him: "I practice mindfulness and meditation. I even ran my first marathon without training through my self-belief and meditation.
"I'm now planning to run the 2014 miles in 2014 along with marathons in Manchester, Edinburgh and Loch Ness in 2014."
If you would like to sponsor William, you can do so at his JustGiving page