A SUPER sprinter who has raised thousands for good causes completed a fitness challenge to raise funds for a national cancer charity.

Linda Williams pounded the pavements during January to fundraise for Maggie's Centres, a network of drop-ins across the UK to offer support, information and advice for cancer patients.

The kind-hearted Portonian initially hoped to raise £150 by running 50 miles across the month, but smashed through the target and handed over £660.

Linda, who is depute manager at Cairellot Nursery in Bishopton, said: "I've always enjoyed running but fell away from it over the duration of lockdown.

"I decided to get back into it when I noticed the challenge on Facebook and wanted to raise money for the charity as we all know someone who has been touched by cancer.

"It's been really great having that focus again and I can't get over how much money was raised.

"I really appreciate the support."

Linda has previously fundraised by participating in Tough Mudder endurance events and also shaved her head.

Over the past four years, she has raised a total of over £7,000 for good causes.

The 46-year-old also completes the 'medal a month' challenge with friends Amanda Deeney and Mhairi Biggart who she was meeting outside as part of the challenge too.

As well as meeting her fitness pals she's been joined on the runs by her son, 16-year-old Cameron Ross.

Linda said: "The past year has been difficult in many ways, so it was quite therapeutic doing this.

"I went from doing short runs, to 10ks then a half marathon all within the space of a few months.

"It's brilliant for your mental health and I've found that getting out has really helped.

"I've been joined by Cameron too as he's a footballer, so it's been a way for him to keep his fitness levels up while he can't meet and train with his team.

"We've been supporting each other through it and I'm glad to be back on track."