Head of the Vice-Chancellor's Office
Glasgow Caledonian University

Julie_Burns_300pxWhat kind of challenge are you planning to do and why?

I am planning to run 13 miles for my challenge. I’ve always wanted to take part in the Kiltwalk with colleagues from GCU but it has always fallen on a day when I’ve been on holiday in previous years so this year, I have no excuses!

What motivated you to take part – either personal or philanthropic?

From a personal perspective, I’m going to be 50 later in the year and always said I would do a walk or a run that year to raise money for charity. Seeing how much our students benefit from the support the Foundation gives makes it a bit of a no brainer for me, particularly when a proportion of our students come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

How are you preparing for your challenge?

During lockdown, I’ve tried hard to keep active which is difficult when you are stuck at your desk all day on Zoom and Teams meetings but at the start of the year, I decided to take up running again and have been virtually running with one of my friends in Dumfries 2-3 times a week after work. We connect via our WhatsApp group and provide encouragement and support to each other as we run around our separate routes. Why let 75 miles get in the way of being able to run together!