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Loyal Aberdeen FC supporter Caitlin Garrett is hoping to hit the back of the net for a second time when she takes on the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run 10k in August.
Along with other Dons supporters running both the 10k and Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Half on 25 August, Caitlin will start in a special dedicated red wave, sporting the club logo on her run number and being sent on her way by some of the club's legendary figures
And the 27-year-old secondary school teacher has already scored a major first goal, having shed 7.5 stones in just under a year.
Caitlin joined Slimming World in January 2018 and at the same time signed up to the NHS Couch to 5k running programme.
"I'd have struggled to run the length of myself when I began," she said.
"I'd let my weight get right out of control, but through making simple changes to my diet and developing self-control I found the pounds fell off — although I do still miss having a Pittodrie pie when I go to home games!"
She started out weighing 18st 13lbs and now tips the scales at just 11st 6lbs. "I reached my target one day short of my Slimming World anniversary," she said.
But Caitlin — who lives in Gracemount, Edinburgh, and teaches modern studies at James Gillespie High School — soon needed a new focus. ‘I decided to challenge myself to a 10k, and signed up to the Great Aberdeen Run.
"As it's my first race, the idea of taking part as part of the AFC Wave seemed like the perfect fit!"
She added: ‘I've also signed up for the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in September, so the 10k is the ideal stepping stone for that. I'm aiming to complete the Aberdeen run in under an hour but as it's my first 10k, I'm mainly just looking forward to enjoying the occasion."
As well as running 5k every morning, Caitlin does 30 minutes of weight training at the University of Edinburgh gym five days a week. "I found the extra pounds fell off once I'd signed up to Slimming World and I've managed to maintain my weight since January.
"Running and having exercise goals have been key factors in helping me do that."
Caitlin is running both events in memory of a school friend and her brother who died from undiagnosed heart conditions, and will be raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young.
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About Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run
The Great Aberdeen Run event includes a family run open to everyone over the age of three alongside the 10k or half marathon.
Runners will take in the sights of Union Street out to the coast where they can enjoy views across the North Sea.
There will be bands playing at the event along with members of the public cheering on participants along the route.
To join Caitlin in the Aberdeen FC Wave, please indicate on the entry form when signing up here