WEST Dunbartonshire’s Annual Festive Run which stretches from Dumbarton all the way to Anniesland has been changed to a virtual event in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the last 10 years there has been a huge amount of awareness and money raised for both charities supporting the valued work of Funding Neuro and Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland in the local community.

The run normally incorporates 2km, a 5km, a 10km and half marathon distances.

This year’s race will now be run virtually, with each runner getting the chance to run their nominated distance from November 15 or can take part in the event on the day itself on Sunday, November 29.

Volunteers and participants are being encouraged to wear something festive for the race.

This year will also mark the 50th anniversary of Vale of Leven running legend Lachie Stewart winning the Gold Medal for the 10,000m at the 1970 Commonwealth Games, and runners are being urged to wear Lachie’s race number, 317, on their festive kit to support the runner after he had the lower part of his left leg amputated earlier this year.

The Annual Festive Run itself is marking its 10th anniversary.

A Sporting Memories Network spokesperson said: “This year the Annual Festive Run will celebrate its 10th anniversary. So no matter where you live, you can take part in this virtual event and support two deserving charities that are changing people’s lives for the better.

“Whatever you can afford, your donation will be shared equally between Funding Neuro and Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland.”

For more information visit virginmoneygiving.com/Team/2020VirtualFestiveRun.

Funding Neuro aims to push the development of new treatments for serious neurological conditions.

Sporting Memories brings together older adults to remember sport and combat social isolation, dementia or other conditions.