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Monday, 07 May 2018

Bank of Scotland, proud partner of the Great Scottish Run for ten years running, is looking to build on the success of the Community Challenge at this year’s event, on Sunday 30 September.

The aim of the Bank of Scotland Community Challenge is to recruit one runner from each of the 32 Local Authorities in Scotland, to embark on their own personal journey by taking on a ’10 week to 10k’ running challenge. Last year a total of 28 amazing runners took their places on the start line, a real testament to the success of the campaign.

The Community Challenge is open to new and existing runners across Scotland who, if selected, will receive complimentary entry for the 10k, a personalised training programme by a Great Run expert coach to support them on their own  journey, a personalised running top and access to the VIP area at the finish line.

Philip Grant, Chair, Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group, said: When we launched our challenge last year we were amazed at the response and so proud of our 28 runners who went on to successfully complete the 10k.  I’m really looking forward to following our new cohort of runners and learning more about their stories and journeys on the lead up to event day.

This challenge has proven to be a fantastic addition to the event and adds to our aim to help Scotland prosper and make a difference in our local communities.”

To apply to be part of the Community Challenge, prospective applicants are required to contact communitychallenge@greatscottishrun.com to tell us in up to 100 words about themselves, what has inspired them to take up the challenge and start running, and which Local Authority they would be representing. Closing date for applications is midnight on 21st May. The Community Challenge selection panel will then make their decision with successful participants being informed on or before 28th May. 

Starting at George Square in the heart of Glasgow, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run will see runners follow the iconic 10k and half marathon routes through the city before they enter Glasgow Green and reach the tree lined finish straight in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument, with the half marathon action captured live on BBC Scotland.

Scotland’s biggest weekend of running takes place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September and is set to feature more than 30,000 runners of all abilities, with the event including a 10k, half marathon and family events.

For more information on the Community Challenge initiative visit www.greatscottishrun.com/community-challenge

For more information and to enter the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run visit www.greatscottishrun.com