Recovery Runners, a Glasgow-based running organisation which offers support to those recovering from substance misuse, is holding its first 10K race on Sunday 30th August.
The organisation, which launched in 2012, initially started as a programme for addiction service users to train for the Great Scottish Run. It expanded to create a platform for them to continue running and find a focus outside their struggles. Recovery Runners now holds three training sessions per week, which are open to the wider community as well as those with addictions. They have also arranged for recovered addicts to volunteer and work towards coaching qualifications.
John Milligan, a senior addiction worker for the South Glasgow Community Addiction Team, said: “Many of us who are involved are runners ourselves, and have found that through running we have been able to improve our own physical and mental health. We promote running as an easy to access tool for anyone to use to help themselves get better.”
“We have taken the step to organise our own race in the hope that we can bring together our runners with the wider running community, to help them make steps to returning to mainstream activities and improving their social networks.”