RUNNERS are being given the chance to help Glasgow's refugees get fit and active.

Organisers of this year’s Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run have launched a sportswear amnesty to help refugees moving to Glasgow.

The campaign - run with Glasgow Club gyms and charity Refuweegee - aims to encourage people across Glasgow to have a summer clear-out and donate their pre-loved clothes to the charity.

Until Sunday, September 30, Glasgow Club members are urged to donate sports clothes and accessories to the donation stations set up at eight Glasgow Club gyms across the city..

Former pro-athlete turned blogger and influencer Colin McCourt, who will also be running the half-marathon, kicked off the donations.

He said: “The importance of being fit and active can’t be underestimated, especially for those who may not have ready and obvious access to facilities or clothing.

“I know my wardrobe is packed with sports gear I don’t really wear, that is why I am more than happy to lend my support to the campaign and am encouraging others to do the same.”

All donated items will be handed over to Refuweegee to help refugees arriving in Scotland who do not own the sports clothing needed to keep them active.

The community-led charity was set up to ensure all refugees arriving in Glasgow are welcomed to the city.

Alex Jackson, Event Director at The Great Run Company said: “We all have unwanted items in our wardrobe and hope the kind-hearted people of Glasgow will be motivated to have a summer clear-out and donate their pre-loved kit to the appeal.

"Every item dropped off at any one of our Glasgow Club donation stations counts towards the work that Refuweegee carry out.”

Refuweegee will be grateful for any donations made but especially sportswear including leggings, shorts, t-shirts, vests, sports bras and tracksuits.

Accessories including trainers, hats, swimming goggles and caps are also welcome.

Donation stations can be found at Glasgow Club gyms in Pollok, Bellahouston, Gorbals, Castlemilk, Drumchapel, Maryhill, Springburn and Easterhouse pool.

Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and chairman of Glasgow Life, said: “Glaswegians are renowned for our friendliness and kindness, and I’m sure Glasgow Club members across the city will make the most of this initiative and donate equipment which will help refugees coming to the city get involved in all the amazing health and fitness opportunities our city has to offer.”

The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run takes place on the last weekend in September, with the Toddler Dash, Junior Run and Family Mile taking place on Super Saturday, September 29 and both the 10k and half marathon on Sunday, September 30.