Charity fundraiser Charles Young has set himself a marathon target over the next month, bringing the benefits back home to Ness.

Charles, of 7 Fivepenny, has entered both the Great North Run and the Great Scottish Run, aiming to complete a half-marathon at each in aid of Ness landmark projects.

The money he raises will be split equally between Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, who are in the middle of a major rebuild at their centre at Cross, and the celebrated Eoropie Dunes Playpark, so Niseachs of all ages will see the benefits of his endeavours.

Charles is now in hard training for the first run, the Great North in Newcastle on September 9th. He’s accompanied when he’s out and about by his German shepherd Cuilean, who he said enjoys the exercise and is good company on the long runs. He said: “It keeps us both fit. My training has been going well and I have been gradually building up my distance so that I'm comfortable with a half marathon (13.1 miles). I'm really looking forward to the two Great Runs.”

The Great Scottish Run in Glasgow comes just three weeks after the Great North, so peak fitness is essential for Charles. But he’s no stranger to the distances involved, having taken part in full marathons before, with other charities like Arthritis Research and Guide Dogs for the Blind benefiting from his dedication.

Charles said: “I have completed 10 full marathons, including the London Marathon, but my preferred distance now is the half marathon – for sensible reasons as one gets older! It's interesting to note that the majority of runners enter running events, not just for the challenge, but to fundraise for well-deserved charities and other good causes, both local and national. Each year I choose a different charity to fundraise for.”

If you would like to support Charles as he runs for Ness, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/charlesrunsforness