FUNDRAISERS at the Scottish SPCA are encouraging animal lovers to take part in the 2017 Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity has spaces available for various events taking place on May 27 and 28, including the marathon, half-marathon, 10k and 5k runs.

Runners from Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire are invited to take up one of the challenges and make a real difference to the lives of animals in their local communities.

Anna O’Donnell, of the Scottish SPCA, said: “The Edinburgh Marathon is a fantastic way to see some of the amazing sights that Scotland has to offer whilst helping animals in need.

“Last year our centre cared for over 1,910 animals and we are always so grateful for the support of locals.

“If a full marathon sounds too scary, there are shorter runs to choose from, including a 10k, 5k and a 1.5k junior race.

“We don’t receive any government or Lottery funding, which means we rely on the public to be able to continue our work rescuing and rehoming animals in desperate need of our help.”

For further information or to volunteer, send an email to or telephone 03000 999 999.