Charles Young of 7 Fivepenny successfully completed the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in Glasgow on 29 September to fund-raise in support of two great Ness projects, namely the Sgoil Lionail football pitch redevelopment community project and the Comunn Eachdraidh Nis expansion project.

The funds raised will be divided equally between the two projects.

Charles said after completing the Great Scottish Run “The noise at the start in George Square and at the finish in Glasgow Green was deafening. The atmosphere all through the run was electric with thousands of spectators lining the route. The weather was surprisingly very warm and sunny during the first half of the run and took its toll on many runners. At the finish I was pleased to meet and grabbed a photo with Sally Gunnell, British Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth track and field champion, and Jenni Falconer, TV and radio presenter.

"As the photo shows, I was wearing the Guide Dogs running vest which I always wear at big running events because it gives this well deserving charity much needed publicity especially when the race is being televised live by BBC Sport.”

Charles added “My training in Ness meant that I had a good level of fitness prior to the run, but I must admit that I hadn’t anticipated it being so warm in Glasgow especially at the end of September. I’m glad that Cuilean, my faithful German Shephard who accompanies me on some of my Ness training runs, wasn’t running with me!

My normal time for a Half Marathon is around 2 hours but in this race my finishing time was 2 hours 14 minutes.

"I accompanied a fellow runner who was really struggling for the last 20 minutes or so, but it was worth it when I saw the pleasure on his face when he successfully crossed the finish line.”

The Great Scottish Run is Scotland’s biggest mass participation running event and this year had a field of over 20,000 runners participating in the 10K and Half Marathon. It attracts runners from all over the world including many club and Olympic athletes.

There’s still time to sponsor Charles.

Sponsorship forms are available in local shops and post offices.

There is also a Virgin Money Giving online fundraising page:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/charlesrunsforness2019