A Leven actress will be stepping into the role of ‘Spartan warrior’ this weekend as she joins dozens of other Fifers at an annual 5K challenge.
Rachael Keiller, who is currently starring in Scottish soap opera River City, is taking on the Spartan Race, an obstacle-filled endurance race which takes place all over the UK.
I share the charity’s passion for change and want to create more awareness about this huge issue
She will be joining around 40 others from Fife, who are all members of local fitness clubs.
Each runner has been fundraising for their own charity, and Rachael has already managed to increase her original target five-fold.
She is raising cash for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) which works to prevent male suicide.
Rachael told the Mail: “I recently lost a childhood friend and also my dad because of this so it means a lot to me.”
As well as raising awareness of male suicide, CALM also runs a 24 hour helpline for those in need of support. Suicide remains the biggest killer of young men aged 20-45 in the UK.
“I share the charity’s passion for change and want to create more awareness about this huge issue we have which isn’t spoken about enough.
“I have raised £1000 in a matter of weeks and lots of people have been in touch to say thank you for speaking out about this issue, because they were thinking the same thing - it needs to change.
“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has opened their hearts to this cause, it is amazing. I hope I have opened up the conversation by speaking out about this.
Rachael will be taking part in the race alongside Corrie and Lee who run Corefit classes in Markinch and Levenmouth and local girl Louise Ballantyne who runs ‘Life and Health Fitness’ classes in the area.
Louise recently completed the Spartan Burpee Challenge, and began working for the company as part of the UK Street Team.
She will represent Spartan at national events, and is also responsible for recruiting as many people as possible to take part in the races.
As part of her bid to find those brave enough to take on the challenge, which as well as a 5K run also includes swimming through mud pools, taking on rope swings and climbing walls, she has been posting a different workout video every day to help prepare them for the race.
Rachael is determined to continue to raise the profile of male suicide well after this weekend.
“After Spartan, I am hoping to do more work for the charity, and want to go down to London and take part in awareness events.”
As well as Rachael’s efforts to raise money for CALM, there are a number of other participants from Fife who have chosen to raise money for other local charities. They are: Derek Christie (Maggie’s Fife); Paige Barclay (Ronald McDonald, Yorkhill); Thomas Fraser (British Heart Foundation); Holly Wishart (Yorkhill Children’s Charity); Jen Rodger (Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative) Lesley McOwen (Children with cancer and leukaemia advice for parents) and Darra Smith, Lisa Shearer, Dougie Shearer, Kerry Brown, Amy Doc, Heather Bradley & Danielle Ashton (Ups and Downs Fife).
To find out more about the Spartan races and future events, head to www.spartanraceuk.uk
For more on CALM, go to www.thecalmzone.net