A FULFILMENT Assistant Manager for Lloyds Banking Group, from Cardenden, is advocating the benefits of running as a way to tackle mental ill health.

Lisa Richie (42), has experienced serious mental health issues in the past but since starting a ‘Couch to 5k’ programme in 2017 she’s never looked back and believes that running helps her maintain a more positive outlook.

Since 2017, Lisa has completed four half marathons and this September will see her cross the finish line of her third Great Scottish Run - this year in aid of Hillview Day Hospital, in Dunfermline.

This facility has been a big support for Lisa and she hopes to raise a great sum and give something back to boost the work they do.

“There’s no pressure when taking part in Great Scottish Run, it has such a fun and party-like atmosphere on the day. I can’t wait to take part again” said Lisa.

“Trying running was a suggestion from my psychologist and I found the Couch to 5k Programme was a great way to get started.

"I was doing it alone so didn’t feel I’d disappointed anyone if I missed a session but equally I could push myself to complete longer runs if it felt right too".

Added Lisa: “Running helps me clear my head and spend time outside enjoying the fresh air - I’d encourage everyone to give it a try.

"Start small, there’s no rush and if you struggle to do it alone find a running partner or join a local free run. Signing up for a local run is a great way to stay motivated too.”

The iconic run will once again be supported by Bank of Scotland, who this year are celebrating their eleventh year as partner.

Mental Health UK is the chosen Charity Partner for Bank of Scotland 2019 – those looking to complete Great Scottish Run in aid of the charity should select Mental Health UK when registering or contact events@mentalhealth-uk.org for a vest and fundraising materials.

The Family Mile, Junior Run and Toddler Dash take place on Super Saturday September 28 and at both the 10k and half marathon on the Sunday, up to 30,000 runners of all ages and abilities are expected to take part.