Glenda to tackle Edinburgh Marathon for Teen Challenge


A local woman is gearing up to tackle the Edinburgh Marathon and raise funds to help men and women break free from the nightmare of addiction.

Glenda Burton, from Peterhead, will attempt to pound the pavements of the Capital for a gruelling 26 miles on Sunday, May 27.

Glenda has previously ran 13 miles, meaning she’ll have to double that distance to cross the Edinburgh finishing line.

She is using the opportunity to raise money for the work of Teen Challenge North East Scotland.

Funds raised by Glenda will be utilised at our women’s recovery home, Benaiah, near Mintlaw – where Glenda works – and men’s centre, Sunnybrae, near Fyvie.

At the centres, residents complete the charity’s faith-based programme, which is made up of a balanced mix of class-based studies, counselling sessions, personal reflection, work duties and recreation, helping students to become physically, emotionally and spiritually whole.

Both recovery homes are located in rural Aberdeenshire settings, offering peaceful retreats where those suffering from substance misuse can take time out to rebuild their lives.

Glenda said: “Having suffered from various addictions myself, from drug abuse to eating disorders, I know the devastating impact it can have on your own life and your family and friends’ lives.

“My faith has set me free from many things as well as helping me overcome insecurities and fears.
“I have been keen to run a full marathon for a few years now and I thought what better reason to do it than for a charity that is close to my heart.”

Gordon Cruden, Area Manager of Teen Challenge North East Scotland, commented: “We’re very proud of Glenda and we will be cheering her on as she tackles the Edinburgh Marathon.

“We’re also extremely grateful that she has chosen to raise funds to help us in our work to see more and more men and women leave the misery of addiction behind them to start fresh, clean lives.”

To donate, please visit Glenda’s Just Giving page: