A running reverend from Cambuslang put his best feet forward for two worthy charities last week.
Rev Neil Glover, minister at Flemington Hallside Church, swapped the pulpit for the streets of Dublin last week when he took part in the Dublin Marathon.
He pounded through the historic Georgian streets of the Irish capital to raise money for the Cambuslang and Rutherglen Reachout Trust, which brings Christianity to local schoolchildren, and the Abernethy Bursary Fund, which enables young people from economically deprived backgrounds to on an Abernethy holiday.
Neil said: Ive been getting into running for about a year-and-a-half now.
I just wanted to get fit, to be honest, and I enjoy running.
I enjoy the challenge of it, and getting ready for the marathon, going out and doing all sorts of runs.
Cambuslang is good for training because theres so many hills around. I often run through Westburn towards Glasgow Green and back via Rutherglen.
But my favourite is running along Argyle Street at 6am and its empty.
I once went for a run with the Cambuslang Harriers, but there were quite a few people older than me there and they left me behind on the Cathkin Braes!
Having found that he enjoyed doing his training, Neil decided to do a marathon to put his body to the test, over the course of a 26.2 mile course.
The event was won by Kenyan G Ndunga in two hours, 11 minutes and nine seconds - with Neil finishing a highly respectable 675th in three hours, eight minutes and 34 seconds. A total of 12165 people completed the course.
Neil said: Because of the nature of the work I do, there are very few opportunities for me to take part in marathons because they tend to be held on Sundays in this country. However, the Belfast and Dublin marathons take place on Mondays.
I did the Belfast marathon about 10 years ago, and on Monday, I finally got the chance to do the Dublin marathon.
I wanted to do it in aid of two of two very worthy charities, the Reachout Trust, and the Abernethy Bursary, who do so much for young people, including some in our own area. They help to take them away on holidays and on breaks to outdoor activity centres.
There was a fabulous atmosphere and great crowds, and it was a great experience which I really enjoyed being a part of.
Ive not had a final total as yet to find out how much Ive raised, but so far its £1000.
Anyone who wants to make a donation and support Neils chosen charities should contact the church.