You could say he’s a man who does things by halves – just lots of them! Glasgow man Ryan Small is taking on the challenge of running a half-marathon each day for a month in order to raise vital funds for leading Armed Forces charity Poppyscotland…
Ryan, 39, who lives in the city’s West End, takes the story on: “I was inspired to do this after watching a video with US Marine Paralympic athlete Rob Jones. Rob lost both legs above the knee and still managed to run 31 marathons in 31 days – an outstanding achievement by any standards. I’m really hoping to raise awareness for this great charity.
“Poppyscotland does so much fantastic work and everyone needs to hear about it. They are a rock for veterans in need of help and support. Doing this challenge is my way of saying ‘thank you’. I’m hoping that I can raise a fair bit of cash for Poppyscotland and that it will help. If you see me out there, say ‘Hi’ or come and join me! Some people – well, everyone – have called me nuts, but I’m up for a challenge…and this is certainly a big one.
“I started running when I was living in China and I’ve never stopped really. I only started entering races in the past three or so years, starting with half marathons, full marathons and then on to ultra marathons. My challenge starts on May 1st. Most of the running will be done in Glasgow, and the majority of that will be road running, but I really like trail running also, so being from the Borders I’ve planned a few routes down that way, too.