A talented Grangemouth athlete says she’ll have to avoid the slowcoaches at Britain’s biggest half marathon if she’s to hit her target.
Robyn Maxtone will tackle the Great North Run next week in a bid to raise cash for Great Ormond Street children’s hospital in London.
The 20-year-old is a champion runner for Falkirk Victoria Harriers over three and five kilometre distances but she’s now ready to take the step up to a longer course.
“This is my first half-marathon and I am aiming to beat my target time of 1 hour 50 minutes,” she said.
“It will be a challenge as it’s the most popular half-marathon in the UK. As it’s so busy, it’s considered quite a slow race.”
Robyn was born in Falkirk but spent much of her childhood in Worcestershire in the West Midlands.
It was while living down south that she first learned of the “amazing work” that the Great Ormond Street hospital does with sick kids.
“My target is £345 and I still have some way to go to reach that total,” she added.
Robyn had planned to take on the Great North Run - which takes place on September 15 across Newcastle-upon-Tyne - with her fellow Falkirk Victoria Harrier athlete Ryan Beattie, but he had to pull out due to injury.
He’s now aiming to return to action in the Great Scottish Run in October.
It’s been a successful year in athletics for Robyn.
She was the first lady home in the five kilometre event at the Edinburgh Running Festival in June, and shaved a mammoth 30 seconds off her personal best time for the three-kilometre event.
When not running, the hot-shot athlete is a sports coaching student at Edinburgh College, and aims to become a qualified physical education teacher in the future.
For more information on Robyn’s fundraising drive, or to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Robyn-Maxtone.