Fifers urged to Pound for Paws with Olympian Laura Muir and the Scottish SPCA

Laura Muir with Jess the dog.Laura Muir with Jess the dog.
Laura Muir with Jess the dog.
Laura is a champion runner and qualified vet.

An Olympian runner is urging animal lovers in Fife to take to the streets to raise money for the Scottish SPCA.

Laura Muir, from Inverness, made her international debut in the 2011 European Cross-Country Championships, as part of the Great Britain junior women’s team that won gold.

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Since then, she was the first British woman to win the 1500 metres title at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, and took gold in the 3000 metres at the European Athletics Indoor Championships.

The champion middle distance runner and qualified vet has had a long-standing relationship with the Scottish SPCA – Scotland’s animal welfare charity.

Pound for Paws with Laura Muir will run for the whole of August and challenges participants to run a minimum of 30 kilometers in 30 days.

Laura said: “I’m honoured to be part of the Scottish SPCA’s Pound for Paws event.

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“As a qualified vet, I’m passionate about animals and their welfare so the society has always been very close to my heart.

“This summer I should have been representing Team GB at the Olympic Games in Japan.

“As the games have been postponed until 2021, I’m challenging people in Fife to take part in Pound for Paws.

“I’m inviting people at all stages of running, from the complete beginner to the more experienced, to run a minimum of 30 kilometers in 30 days.

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“It’s a great way to raise money for a fantastic cause and keep fit.”

Laura hopes that whole families and their beloved four legged friends will take part.

She said: “I’m going to be helping participants along with the way with tips and encouragement. I’ll also be tracking their progress on our online leaderboard. We’re hoping this will ignite people’s competitive spirit!

“It’s for individuals, families and running groups. We want as many people as possible to take part.

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“Your dog can get involved too if you regularly run with your pooch. We’d love for some canicross groups to take part. Please do make sure you consult a vet before doing any activity with your pet.

“Since lockdown, the Scottish SPCA has dealt with over 10,000 reports of animals in need. Support from members of the public is vital to be able to continue to deliver their essential services to help Scotland’s animals.

“I’m so pleased that I’m able to help a cause I care so much for at this crucial time and encourage people to get active.”

Pound for Paws with Laura Muir will be running for the month of August 2020. To find out more or sign up for the event, please visit