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Friday, 07 September 2018

DETERMINED Susan Dolan is set to take on The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10k on Sunday 30 September in memory of Liam Colgan.

The 34-year old from Monikie was set to marry Liam’s brother Eamonn before he went missing on a stag party in Hamburg, Germany, on 10 February before his body was found 10 weeks later on 23 April in the River Elbe.

When Liam went missing, a family friend came across The Lucie Blackman Trust and put the family in touch with them.

The Lucie Blackman Trust provides revolutionary level of care to families of British murder or manslaughter victims, and offer advice, support and much more to victims of any serious crime overseas.

Susan is amazed that many people haven’t ever heard of the trust and wants to run the event in Liam’s memory and to raise awareness and vital funds for a charity that is close to her heart.

Susan said: “The moment we got in touch with the Trust they couldn’t have been more helpful, nothing was too much for them. They helped us liaise with media, local authorities and helped us book flights and hotels so we could bring Liam’s body back to Scotland.

“I don’t know what we would have done without the support and help from the staff at the Trust.”

Susan, who is a Community Staff Nurse, is running with four friends and neighbours – Nicola MacQueen, Gemma White, Nicky Logue and Laura McGilvery – who don’t have a lot of running experience but are giving training their all.

Susan continued: “We are all working out with a personal trainer twice a week to get us into the best possible shape with a mixture of circuit training and boot camp style exercises.

“Before we started training I couldn’t even run a mile but I have slowly been building up my runs to get my training to a good place.

“Liam wasn’t a keen runner at all but sometimes he would have sporadic bursts of doing exercise. He would be proud that I’ve managed to get myself to a level to complete the 10k.”

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

The 10k runs on the same day as the half-marathon and both courses will remain unchanged this year. After heading out from the start at George Square in the heart of Glasgow, participants will follow either route through the city before passing under McLennan Arch ahead of the finish line at Glasgow Green.

With the Toddler Dash, Junior Run and Family Mile taking place on Super Saturday, 29th September and both the 10k and half marathon on the Sunday, up to 30,000 runners of all ages and abilities are expected to take part.

The Bank of Scotland Community Challenge  will also return, which was first staged last year as part of the Bank of Scotland’s mission to get Scotland more active by encouraging runners from each Scottish Local Authority to apply to take on a tailored ‘10 week to 10k challenge’.

If you wish to sponsor Susan and the team visit https://runforliam.raisely.com/ 

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


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


You can follow the event on Twitter @GreatScotRun using #GreatScottishRun or www.facebook.com/GreatScottishRun