Everyone connected with Turning Point Scotland has an extra special reason to cheer on the runners at this weekend’s Virgin Money London Marathon.

Scott Renton is running on behalf of Turning Point Scotland to raise money, to go towards extra benefits for people being supported.

This money will be used to help people achieving dreams and aspirations, no matter if they are big or small.

This could mean buy equipment to start up a small business, attend a college course, start a new hobby or spend time with loved ones on a day trip.

Before leaving for London, Scott was keen to visit one of Turning Point Scotland’s services, so he got a tour of the facilities and met with staff at the Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre.

It’s an extra special year for the service as it is celebrating its 20th year.

Scott was interested in the history of the service and the current issues and saw for himself the clinic, needle exchange, residential area and brand new garden area.

Scott said:

“It’s great to see the work Turning Point Scotland does supporting people with complex and challenging needs.

The Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre must have done a tremendous amount of work and helped hundreds of people over the last two decades.

I believe people with issues regarding alcohol and drug addiction deserve a chance to recover and move on in their lives.

When I start to tire in the last few miles, it’ll spur me on to know people back home are behind me and the money is for such a great cause.”

 

While the spotlight will be on double Olympic and World champion Mo Farah making his debut in the event, tens of thousands of amateur athletes will be raising money for good causes.

Scott has raised nearly a thousand pounds so far and which will spur him on as he is pounding the streets of the UK capital, passing famous landmarks along the river like Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

Scott said:

“I took up running about 5 years ago as a health-kick following a period of ill-health.

I found this leaving me very lethargic so I bought a treadmill, put it in the garage and started running.

I found the running helped to give me energy, and would build up to regularly running 6km.”

 

He’s been taking part in running competitions with his colleagues from Nike running club in Glasgow and in the last five years Scott has run eight half marathons, four 10ks and the Edinburgh Marathon.

The Ayrshire man recently completed the Alloa half-marathon and achieved a new personal best of 1 hour 49 min and 45 seconds.

Scott works for Glasgow Clyde College Cardonald Campus, so all his friends and colleagues will be cheering him on this weekend and helping him to raise as much money as possible.

Scott is really close to his target so to help him over the finish line you can donate online or by text.

www.justgiving.com/srentonLondon2014

You can also text “SRLM50 £5” to 70070