Lauren Cofax took part in last week’s Great Scottish Run to raise funds for the Hospice in memory of her grandad, Geoffrey Smith.
Lauren, 24, works for race sponsors Bank of Scotland and saw the event, which attracted more than 30,000 participants over the weekend, as a perfect opportunity to raise funds for a charity which she says is “close to her heart”.
She said: “St Margaret of Scotland Hospice took the most amazing care of my grandad.
“After his passing, the nursing staff who had one-to-one care with my grandad regularly contacted my nana and my family to see how we were all doing, which I thought was incredibly thoughtful and something I will never forget.
“The generosity of everyone who donated has been incredible and spurred me on even more to complete the race as well as I could, and just make my grandad proud.”
Race day itself was everything Lauren had hoped it would be during her tough weeks of training.
And she felt especially gratified that all of her efforts were channelled towards causes so important to her.
Lauren added: “The race was absolutely amazing and I am so pleased I did it.
“I was very nervous on the day but the atmosphere was incredible – there were so many people there to support all the runners and it was just so great to be running it myself.
“I really enjoyed training, as I feel really proud of myself for pushing myself to complete a new challenge.
“It was hard sometimes trying to maintain motivation and push myself to run on days when I just didn’t feel like it.
“Bit I always looked forward to running the race and proving to myself that I could actually take part in my first 10k.
“And even more so in memory of my grandad who really has been my main motivation.
“It has been humbling to feel like I am making a difference to the Hospice with the funds I manage to raise.”
Lauren has so far raised £305 on her JustGiving page – more than double her target. If you would like to support her appeal, please go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lauren-cofax