Castle Douglas woman to run London Marathon for Children 1st

Castle Douglas fitness instructor Lauren Carson is putting all her expertise to good use to run the London Marathon to raise funds for Scottish children’s charity CHILDREN 1ST.

Lauren works full time as a leisure attendant at the local swimming pool but has managed to squeeze in training five or six times a week as she prepares for the big event on 26 April.

Lauren said: “Every child deserves to have a great, safe and happy life. I am honoured and grateful to have the opportunity to raise funds that will make a difference to a child’s life.”

Lauren has already raised well over her £1,500 target with the support of her community. She said: “For me to achieve this goal is something I will never forget, and it is something I can be proud of for the rest of my life. I have found the training a lot tougher that I thought I would but my family, friends and community have been amazingly supportive and it makes it all worth while.”

Lauren’s training schedule involves a mix of long distance runs, interval and fartlek training and doing an endurance programme in the gym. As the marathon gets closer she has been substituting some runs with swimming instead to give her legs longer time to recover.

Director of fundraising Kate Smith said: “We are truly grateful to Lauren for taking on this challenge to help us in our mission to ensure every child enjoys a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood. Every penny she raises will stay in Scotland and help us to help children.“

Last year, CHILDREN 1ST supported over 16,000 vulnerable children, young people, parents and carers across the country.”