Runner to take on 30-mile park challenge for Adoption UK

Published: 01.04.16

An adoptive father from Glasgow has set himself the challenge of completing a 50km (30 miles) sponsored run to raise funds for Adoption UK.
Runner to take on 30-mile park challenge for Adoption UK

Stuart Rennie will take part in the official 5km parkrun at Tollcross Park in Glasgow on 4 June, but unlike the other runners he will complete the route a staggering 10 times.

Stuart, aged 37, and his wife adopted their daughter Louisa just over a year ago. As members of Adoption UK they are well aware of the role the charity plays in supporting adoptive families.

The fundraising manager at The University of Stirling said: “We’ve been lucky enough to have had Louisa, a wee girl who has just turned four, in our lives for nearly a year now. She’s a fantastic little girl, a huge light in our life and lots of fun. Adoption so far has been a wonderful experience for us so we’d really recommend it.”

Stuart said he and his wife wanted to fundraise for Adoption UK because the charity has provided them with advice and helped them to meet up with other adoptive parents.

He explained: “This is so important, as you can discuss your highs and lows, concerns and problems with other people who really understand what you’re going through. I’d like to help the growth of an Adoption UK support group for adoptive parents in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.”

Stuart, who will begin his challenge at 7:30am, decided to incorporate his local parkrun into his challenge as he is one of the run directors of the free, weekly event at Tollcross Park, in the East End of Glasgow.

He said: “I wanted to do a challenge that was something personal to me so I thought I’d complete 10 parkruns in one day. I’ve made some great friends doing parkrun and some of the runners are going to run with me in half-hour spells as I complete the 50km run.”

Stuart first started running about three years ago, in a bid to lose weight and to improve his mental health as he embarked upon his adoption journey.

He said: “I weighed 15 stone at the time but I’ve lost three and a half stone since I started running four times a week. I don’t drink a tenth of what I used to and my chocolate intake has been curbed. I’m definitely a lot healthier as I’ve got a greater understanding of what I put in.”

Stuart, who lives in Glasgow, has already raised £1,200 in sponsorship and he is hoping the total will have surpassed the £2,000 mark before he starts his challenge. If you would like to sponsor Stuart you can do so by visiting his Just Giving page by clicking here.

Adoption UK is calling on anyone inspired by Stuart’s challenge to also get involved. Whether you are organising your own fundraising activity like Stuart, or have already signed up for a fun run and thinking about which charity to support, Adoption UK would welcome your support and the opportunity to work together and raise much needed funds and awareness for adoption.

There is a range of events across the UK that you could sign up for with a summary, here or call the Fundraising Team on 01295 752260 for more information.