MUTHILL mums Carolyn Tipton and Caroline Mackay are taking part in the inaugural Strathearn Marathon on Sunday, June 10.
The friends have been training hard for what will be their first marathon. Carolyn is a local GP and Caroline works as an occupational therapist at Crieff Hospital.
Organised by the Strathearn Harriers, the undulating route follows mostly B roads, starting and finishing at Cultybraggan Camp just outside Comrie.
Carolyn and Caroline are running to raise money for two African charities: Nuru, which cares for the disabled in Tanzania, and Stand Up and Build, which promotes education in Burundi.
They told the Herald: “This is our first and possibly our last marathon.
“We did discuss entering with the course organiser Phil Tipping as it is described as a marathon for experienced runners and ideally those who have run a marathon before.
“However, it’s on our doorstep, set in beautiful countryside which we are familiar with and have been able to train in.
“We have enjoyed our training but it hasn’t all been easy. As with a lot of runners, it’s a juggling act to manage work, look after family and fit in those vital runs.
“We are realistic about our abilities and know we won’t be breaking any speed records.
“Just to complete the marathon will be a great achievement for us.”
Carolyn added that the hardest part for her will be to “just keep going”.
And Caroline said: “It probably sounds crazy but I enjoy the climbs. It’s the long straights which I find hard, especially towards the end of a run.”
Anyone who wants to sponsor them can go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CarolineMackay, and Carolyn or get a form from Crieff Hospital reception and at local businesses in Muthill.