Places are still available. To sign up visit greatrun.org/Aberdeen

A North-East mum who began running little more than 18 months ago to help overcome post-natal depression has never looked back and is excited about taking part in the inaugural Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run on 27th August.

Rebecca Lowson, from Insch in Aberdeenshire, says her life has been transformed since she first put on her trainers and began jogging along the undulating quiet country roads around her home village.

She said: “I took up running after having my second baby. I had post-natal depression and felt I hadn’t achieved anything in life. I decided I needed to do something that would give me time for myself and would get me fitter - and running fitted the bill. It gave me a new focus and reduced stress. There’s no doubt it helped with my recovery.

“I had never run before and to begin with I couldn’t go for more than two minutes without being out of puff. So I followed the couch to 5km training programme and just progressed from there. Now I feel so much better, healthier and never feel so low anymore.”

“I thought how great it would be to get a medal in a race so I decided just to go for it.

"My husband, Peter, cycles – he actually has his own cycling team – and I’d seen him getting medals for that, so I wanted some of the same.”

Rebecca entered her first race only a few months after her first run, but she’s made fantastic progress since then.

She said: “The first race I did was the 5km at the Great Edinburgh Winter Run in 2016. A few months later I did my first 10km and I’ve done maybe five or six more since then. I completed my first half marathon at Edinburgh in May so the Great Aberdeen Run will be only my second one.”

Rebecca enjoys training alone as this gives her more time to relax and do her own thing.

She said: “I try to get out three or four times a week, I did think about going out with others but realised it was better to be on my own.

"When I run it is my own time. I listen to my music and I’m in my own little world for an hour or so. I really like to run in the morning as it seems to energise me for the rest of the day and I’m more able to get on and do things with the children and I generally feel so much better.”

She is delighted that the Great Run series is coming to Aberdeen and she hopes it will give her the opportunity to achieve a new target.

She said: “It’s brilliant that something like this is happening. It helps promote the city and hopefully it will be well supported. I know a few others who are running but I’ll be doing my own thing at my own pace. I completed the Edinburgh race in 2 hours 3 minutes so my big target is to get under 2 hours.”

The Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run is a brand new event from the organisers of the Simplyhealth Great North Run, the world's biggest half marathon, held every year between Newcastle and South Shields.

Over 7,000 people will take on a 10km, half marathon and family run, which all start and finish on Union Street in the heart of the city centre. The routes take in many of the city's key historic landmarks such as Marischal College, Castlegate, the Beach Ballroom and Brig O’Balgownie.

Places are still available. To sign up visit greatrun.org/Aberdeen