Lisa’s up for the challenge

Lisa Bennie
Lisa Bennie
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Energetic Lisa Bennie will be putting on her running shoes and her skates to complete a marathon set of challenges.

A roller derby player with the Fierce Valley Roller Girls team, Lisa (27), aka Fun Ghoul, is planning to run, skate, run again and then take on a survival task, taking on the four gruelling tests to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Lisa’s first challenge will be the Great Edinburgh 10K run on July 14 followed by a roller marathon in East Fortune on August 4.

She will then be setting her sights on the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on October 7 before finishing off with an endurance-testing urban assault course, ‘Survival of the Fittest’, in Edinburgh on October 20.

Lisa, from Stenhousemuir, said: “I like a challenge, so I thought I’d take on four.

“I know a lot of people are fundraising, especially at this time of year, so I wanted to do something a bit different.

“I really wanted to give people their money’s worth if they want to sponsor me.

“I’m a complete beginner to running, but I wanted to push myself to tackle something new with the runs, and also build on previous achievements with my skates.

“Any support people can give me will be greatly appreciated and I’ll be thinking about it to get me through the training and challenges.”

Lisa hopes to raise £500 which will go towards research and support for people living with MS.

More than 10,000 people in Scotland have MS, one of the highest rates in the world.

Most people with MS are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s and symptoms include loss of vision, fatigue, increasing disability.

Lisa said: “The MS Society is really important to me and my family.

“My grandpa, Norman Spowart, was treasurer of the Falkirk branch for 43 years.

“His wife had MS and my mum also has MS.

“The charity does amazing work, with the many people who are affected by MS, especially in Scotland.

“I think MS is also a bit misunderstood, so hopefully, if people read about what I’m doing, they might learn a bit more about MS too.”

Lisa added: “I am nervous about the first 10K which is in two weeks’ time, but I think once I get the first one over with, I’ll be fine.”

To support Lisa and help her reach her target, visit Bennie.