Lewis long-distance runner Rhoda Bamsey who lives at Cliff in Uig is aiming to raise £10,000 for Cancer Research UK Stornoway by running the Glencoe Marathon on September 30.
She just started a 16-week running schedule to get her ready for the event.
The Glencoe off-road marathon is Scotland’s toughest marathon and is an epic trail run that ascends a total of 1,608 metres through the heart of Glencoe and into the foothills of Ben Nevis.
The route snakes through the pass of Glencoe before climbing 500 metres up the fearsome Devils Staircase and then dropping back to sea level at Kinlochleven. It then climbs up through the Mamores, then the route undulates until the descent into Glen Nevis and the base of Ben Nevis.
She says: "I do a lot of road running and have competed in running events over the last 14 years here on the island and mainland.
"I organised a personal Ultra-marathon event from Barra to the Butt of Lewis that involved 6 marathons in 6 days raising money for the Linda Norgrove Foundation in 2010.
"I recently completed the Stornoway Half Marathon coming in as 1st Female Veteran 45+ and 2nd local female runner.
"With all my road running experience you’d think it would be easy to run Glencoe, but that's not the case.
"I ran the Edinburgh Marathon and it took me 3hrs 24mins – to do the Glencoe Marathon will probably take me 5 hours because of the terrain, the route and climbs and descents. A really tough one to do and has been on my bucket list for a couple of years now, and this is the year to do it!"
Her fundraising target is £10,000 for Cancer Research UK. "We all have either family, friends, work colleagues, people in our communities on the Island that have cancer, have been treated for cancer or died from cancer, it touches so many lives. Cancer survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years and I want to help improve the opportunities to improve technologies, prevention, diagnosis and treatment and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
My Cancer Research UK giving page is: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/rhodas-giving-page-1