Entries for the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run, the 5 mile event and the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Family Run and Toddler Dash are open. Enter at: Greatrun.org/Edinburgh

A student will take on a 10 mile running challenge in support of a road safety charity after his sister was left with life changing brain damage in a car accident.

Robbie Mellan, who lives in Edinburgh, decided to start campaigning for road safety charity Brake, when his sister Ailsa was involved in a car crash when she was 16 years old.

Ailsa was a passenger in the car that was travelling along a country road when the accident occurred. She was thrown through the windscreen and received severe head injuries during the crash.

Ailsa spent around a year in hospital and suffered long term brain damage, memory loss and a misshapen skull, which meant that her studies as a teenager were affected.

Now her 19-year-old brother Robbie is to take on a running challenge as part of his campaign to encourage safer driving on the road.

Robbie will tackle 10 miles at the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run on Sunday 23 April.

He will be supporting Brake to encourage young people to think about the consequences of careless driving.

Robbie, a student at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, said: “When I was younger, Ailsa was involved in a car accident where she ended up having to fight for her life.

“The driver of the car that she was in completely lost control of the vehicle and she was thrown from the car, which meant she suffered serious head injuries and brain damage.

“She was in hospital receiving treatment for around a year and still suffers from memory issues and seizures which is something that she will have to manage through most of her life.

“Ailsa's life has been affected both long and short term however we are amazed by how well she is doing.

“She has managed to secure a job at a law firm which we are so proud of, even though a lot of her studies were affected at college between the ages of 16 and 21.

“This made me realise that I wanted to do something to help because when I am at university, I think about myself having the best time ever and realise that due to the accident, Ailsa missed out on a lot of that and how lucky I actually am.”

Robbie will join over 4,500 others on a tour of Scotland's capital city for the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run, the only running event that takes participants through the heart of the city.

Runners pass the likes of the iconic Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle and the National Museum of Scotland before heading towards Arthur's Seat and crossing the finish line in the beautiful Holyrood Park.

The inclusive event now includes a brand new 5 mile addition and also the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Family Run and Toddler Dash, where kids and their families can enjoy getting active together.

Robbie will take on the 10-mile challenge in aid of Brake to raise awareness about the effects of careless driving and how young people can change their attitudes towards driving safely.

He added: “The benefit that people get from scrolling through Twitter or getting to an appointment on time does not outweigh the cost of changing someone's life forever.

“People would not encourage their friends to go out and actively destroy lives through violence, so people should not be encouraging dangerous driving even if they do this involuntarily.

“There are so many things that are out of control in our world but this is not one of them and I want to raise awareness about that in my peers as this is something that is clearly very close to my heart.

“This is the first time I have decided to take on a running event. I am relatively fit but this will be a real challenge for me and I want to try and make a difference as it is something I feel very passionate about.”

Support Robbie's fundraising campaign here.

Entries for the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run, the 5 mile event and the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Family Run and Toddler Dash are open. Enter at: Greatrun.org/Edinburgh