A CARING runner is aiming to turn miles into smiles by raising money for a vital charity.
Karen Mullan (28) will take part in the 26-mile Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 22.
And the following month she will do it all again when she lines up for the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 27.
Originally from Bishopbriggs, Karen now lives in Springburn.
She is aiming to boost funds and raise awareness of SANDS - the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity.
Karen said: “I’ve been running 10ks for the last few years, but I wanted a bigger challenge. I decided to do my first half marathon in September last year. I did okay and finished in about two hours and 20 minutes.
“However, I felt I could have kept on running and that’s what made me want to do a full marathon.”
Karen, who is a buyer for a leading sports chain, has been training hard for six months.
She recently started completing 20-mile runs, but admits her legs feel like ‘jelly’ when she gets near the end.
She decided on the charity SANDS after learning about how many families are affected by stillbirth.
She said: “I am at an age where my friends are having children and I think learning more about this charity has made me want to help.
“They support families who have experienced stillbirth and the money will go towards research to find out more about what causes it.”
Karen hopes to raise over £1,000 for the charity and will host a race night in Cadder Lodge, Bishopbriggs, on Friday, June 29.
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