Two Dumbarton brothers have raised almost £4,000 for good causes after inviting other local residents to join them on the home stretch of a month-long run around the area.

Richard and Stephen Stibbs, aged 31 and 28, had challenged themselves to run more than 300km throughout June, culminating in a group 5km run on the final day.

The pair arranged to raise money to help people with multiple sclerosis, as their mum has been affected by the condition since her sons were children.

Their final run took them from Levengrove Park to Dumbarton Castle.

As of July 24, the brothers had raised £3,750 for the MS Society’s Dumbarton and district branch, with a few donations still to be completed which they hope will bring them to £4,000.

Other runners on the day opted to support the MS Society, as well as raising money for Cancer Research UK, The Brittle Bones Society and the Rangers Charity Foundation.

Richard said: “It was a brilliant day and there were a fair few runners. About 15 people took part in the actual run and 40 or so more were there to meet us at the castle.

“The kids were buzzing and my mum was there which was lovely.”

Richard had originally set a much more modest target of just £500 – but after spreading the word on Facebook and through the Reporter he and Stephen have brought in nearly eight times that figure.

And the end of June didn’t mean the end of the brothers’ fitness drive: they have been keeping up their running, as well as going cycling, with hopes of running in a half marathon when mass gatherings can resume.