A MARATHON runner is taking up a challenge with a difference to raise funds for charity.

Stephen Devine is in training for a 26.2-mile run on a treadmill to raise money for Scottish Women’s Aid.

The care worker, from Wishaw, previously ran 100 miles in a month, finishing his challenge on the treadmill in his local branch of Tesco, and raised £100 for good causes in the process.

He thinks running in a public place will encourage people to cheer him on – and dig deep to help the cause.

Stephen, who works for Loretto Care, part of Wheatley Group, is supporting the domestic abuse charity after the housing, property management and care organisation chose it as their Charity of the Year.

So far, Wheatley Group staff have raised more than £1000 for the domestic abuse charity.

As well as cash donations, Stephen is looking for other small gifts that can be given to families supported by Scottish Women’s Aid.