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When hospital consultant Vhairi Bateman takes on next month's Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run, her focus will be on much more than crossing the finish line.

Vhairi is a consultant in infectious diseases and medical microbiology at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and she also chairs NHS Grampian's antimicrobial team.

Vhairi is always looking for new ways to raise awareness and is a strong supporter of the Antibiotic Guardian campaign led by Public Health England in collaboration with UK devolved administrations and professional bodies.

She and her team won the Community Communications award at last month's Antibiotic Guardian annual UK-wide awards for a campaign involving Dons fans at Aberdeen FC events.

"I got into running after deciding to set up a challenge during last year's Antimicrobial Awareness Week," said Vhairi. "The more NHS Grampian staff who joined me in signing up to Antibiotic Guardian, the further I would run.

"More than 100 signed up, so I found myself committed to completing a half-marathon," said Vhairi, who has a 10-year-old son and two daughters, aged eight and five.

She will be joined at the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run on Sunday 25 August by nine NHS colleagues. Some will line up with her on the half-marathon start line while others are taking on the 10k. 

"As well as raising awareness, we're all fundraising for one of the few charities supporting new drug development — Antibiotic Research UK. 

"We would be delighted to grow our team so if there are any other NHS Grampian staff who'd like to join us, please do get in touch."

Vhairi came fairly late to running after being punished for taking too long to complete a school cross-country course. "The teacher concluded I must have been skiving and I received my first — and last — punishment. This left me with a lingering hatred for running!

"But I've now given it another go, and by the end of last year had successfully finished a Couch to 5k programme.

"Since then I've completed a 10k race and I train when time allows. I'm very lucky to work with some much more experienced runners and they've been offering lots of great advice."

Vhairi, who comes from Lenzie, near Glasgow, and now lives with her family in Inverurie, added: "I'm not really thinking about my finish time — anything under 2.5 hours will be a fabulous achievement."

The Great Aberdeen Run event includes a family run open to everyone over the age of three, as well as the 10k and 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.

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