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

Two friends from Edinburgh are taking on a 12-event running challenge for charity after one of them was recently diagnosed with Colitis.

Annie Scott, 27, and Lauren Evans, 28, who live in the centre of the capital, are taking on the running challenge for Crohns and Colitis UK, after Annie was recently diagnosed with the condition.

The ladies, who started their huge challenge as beginner runners, will take on the 12 events throughout this year, hoping to raise over £1,000 in the process.

Their events range from a 5k all the way through to the mammoth task of a marathon. One of the events they aim to tackle is the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run, which takes place in the heart of the city on Sunday 23 April.

Lauren said: “At the turn of the year, we decided to give ourselves the challenge of running 12 events 12 months for charity.

“We decided to raise money for Crohn's and Colitis UK because it is something that is very close to home. Annie was recently diagnosed with Colitis and receives support from the charity so it made sense to give something back.

“We work together and a mutual friend recently told us about how she managed to go from being a complete beginner runner to beasting out Ultra Marathons in the space of two years.

“Annie and I were very inspired by this. We are normally used to catching up in a pub and we thought by taking on something that would require a lot of training together, it would be a much healthier option.

“We thought it would also be a great opportunity to push ourselves in a way we haven't done before and raise money for worthy causes.”

With three events down, their fifth challenge will be their longest distance so far when they take on 10 miles at the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run.

They will join over 4,000 runners at the only running event that takes participants through the centre of the city, passing iconic landmarks such as Holyrood Palace, the Edinburgh Castle and the Elephant Café, the famous café that JK Rowling wrote most of the earlier Harry Potter books. Runners then pass Arthur's Seat before crossing the finish line in the scenic Holyrood Park.

The inclusive event also features the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Family Run and Toddler Dash and a brand new 5 mile distance.

As well as Crohn's and Colitis UK, the girls will also be supporting The Scottish Association of Mental Health and Cancer Research UK.

They added: “Although our main focus is to support Crohns and Colitis UK, we really wanted to also contribute towards mental health support and to give something to Cancer Research UK as it is something that is always present in people's lives.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed by the support we have had. As our friends and colleagues hear about our journey, we get people who want to donate but who also sign up to do the events with us for motivation.

“With so much going on in our lives separately, it is really nice to have something that we can do together for the greater good.

“It injects that little bit of positivity and a massive feel good factor into our friendship which we will be proud of years down the line.”

Support Lauren and Annie's efforts by visiting their fundraising page.

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