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Going for gold

Sport and physical activity
John Swinney will swap running the country’s finances for running the streets as he competes in this weekend’s Great Scottish Run.

The Finance Minister will be promoting the Scottish Government’s Legacy 2014 campaign as he takes part in his second half marathon.
Mr Swinney will join thousands of Scots in Glasgow on Sunday in what will be just his second half marathon since rediscovering his love for running.  He was inspired to take up the sport again to get fit ahead of Glasgow 2014.
Mr Swinney said:  “I’m looking forward to taking part in Scotland’s biggest running event this weekend.  The whole of the country is getting behind the games and I personally have been inspired to dig out my running shoes and get more active.
“I hope that showcasing one of the largest sporting events in the world will help encourage more people to get moving and try out new sports just like me.
“There are numerous opportunities for people to benefit from the legacy that is being created by the games coming to Scotland and with less than 300 days to go there’s plenty of time to find a sport or activity that you love.”