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Set your summer 5k challenge and enter jogscotland's One Big Weekend now!

by Press Release
Thursday 20th June 2013

Race news: jogscotland’s One Big Weekend - Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Aberdeen, August 3 & 4, 2013

Super fit Susan Stewart today signed up for all four of jogscotland’s One Big Weekend races, promising to complete 50 stunning sporting challenges before she hits the big five-zero.

She’s lined up the non-stop schedule to raise awareness about the urgent need for organ donors in Scotland. She’s urging more people to join the donor register after her husband Alan’s life was saved by a kidney transplant. And Alan, who received a new kidney from his sister Kathleen, feels so well again he’s decided to join her and run the jogscotland One Big Weekend races too.

Susan, 48, of Peebles, said: “It’s a great chance to tick four sporting challenges off the list of 50 in just one weekend and I’m really looking forward to all of them. Alan would not be here today if it wasn't for his transplant. Every day three people die while waiting for a transplant. That’s a lot of preventable deaths and I’m proud to run to raise awareness of organ donation so more people sign up for the register.”

Entries are open now for the One Big Weekend races on August 3 and 4 2013 in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Aberdeen. The races are designed to give runners from more than 500 jogscotland running clubs across the country a chance to meet up. But the timed runs, which include a 5K for adults and a 1K for kids at each venue, are also open to non jogscotland members.

Neil Kilgour, One Big Weekend race director, said: “One Big Weekend is open to everyone so it’s a perfect fit whatever your ability. We’re delighted to be working alongside jogscotland to host this new and exciting series of 5K summer races. Come join us for fitness and fun over one fabulous weekend of running.”

Each runner will receive a running belt- great for running with keys/cash or a phone. They’ll also get a 5K training plan, a medal, goody bag and their results will be posted on the website within 48 hours of the race.

Billy Mitchell, head of jogscotland said: “We’re looking forward to seeing lots of jogscotland members, their family and friends – and to welcoming plenty of people who are coming along to find out about jogscotland for the first time. Just like our jog groups, the events will be friendly and supportive.”

Mum of two Susan who is a proud member of the Pink Panthers jogscotland club in Peebles says friendship from the runners who she meets up with every Tuesday has made a huge difference to her life. As her hubby, Alan, 50, got steadily worse, he relied on dialysis every day just to stay alive. All of the family were tested but Alan’s sister, Kathleen McHendry 67, of Glasgow was found to be the best match. The transplant went ahead at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary on October 25, 2009.

Susan said: “The new kidney kicked in straight away and Alan and Kathleen both made a full recovery. But they were lying side by side in the recovery room, and again in intensive care. It was amazing. Alan's colour immediately improved and he had so much more energy. It was like flicking on a switch. Now he's got his life back again, and, because we both know how important transplants are, we decided to celebrate our 50th birthdays with 50 sporting events. Alan and I both know the huge difference an organ transplant makes.”

Alan, an additional needs teacher at Peebles High School, celebrated his 50th birthday in February and Susan turns 50 on July 12 2014. Susan also completed the Edinburgh Marathon in May while Alan ran the 10K.

To enter go to the jogscotland One Big Weekend website on www.jogscotlandonebigweekend.com

Discounts are available for jog scotland members.

jogscotland is Scotland’s recreational running network. It has around 25,000 members, running in supportive, sociable groups all over the country. For more information on jogscotland please visit www.jogscotland.org.uk


The jogscotland One Big Weekend is at the Beach Esplanade, ABERDEEN,
on Saturday August 3. The 1K junior race is at 8.30am and the 5K race for runners aged 11 and above is at 9am.

The jogscotland One Big Weekend is at the North Inch, PERTH,
on Saturday August 3. The 1K junior race is at 6pm and the 5K race for runners aged 11 and above is at 6.30pm.

The jogscotland One Big Weekend is at the Royal Botanic Gardens, EDINBURGH,
on Sunday August 4. The 1K junior race is at 8.30am and the 5K race for runners aged 11 and above is at 9am.

The jogscotland One Big Weekend is at Bellahouston Park, GLASGOW,
on Sunday August 4. The 1K junior race is at 6pm and the 5K race for runners aged 11 and above is at 6.30pm.


The jogscotland One Big Weekend is brought to you by the experienced team at GSi Events who are also behind the Edinburgh Marathon Festival which in 2014 will be in its 12th year.


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