Never before has Tina Robertson enjoyed running a mile quite so much.
But this final mile marked the end of a gruelling 1,000-mile challenge — the equivalent of than 38 marathons — taken on in memory of her beloved mother.
When Tina lost her mum after a short battle against cancer, setting a challenge gave her a much-needed outlet and focus for her grief.
Grateful for the help and support her family got, she chose to channel her energies into raising money for charity. But this was to be no one-off, simple fundraiser.
The 34-year-old set herself the mammoth task of running 1,000 miles before the year was out to thank those who helped care for her mum.
Tina is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and for Ward 32 at Ninewells Hospital, where Christine Roberts, who died in November 2016, at the age of just 57, was cared for.
Tina, a Carnoustie mum-of-two, managed to complete the 1,000 miles on Sunday juggling the year-long challenge round a full-time job, caring for her children and a husband working shifts.
The admissions officer at Abertay University wanted to give something back to the people who had helped the family in their hour of need. And she’s managed to raise more than £2,100 — with donations still coming in.
She completed the bid with a group of running buddies in her home town, with family and friends watching on.
Tina admitted the challenge was “incredibly tough” at times.
But the support of her husband, Colin, and children, Danielle, 11, and Logan, 9, and that of her friends, family and colleagues has helped get her through — as well as the memory of her mum.
Tina said: “Our mum kept the severity of the cancer to herself, not wanting to worry others.
“I had spoken to her about doing this challenge and she thought I was nuts. It’s been so hard but I’m delighted that I was able to complete the challenge for two such amazing causes.
“The support I’ve been given has been fantastic and I wouldn’t have managed to do it without all the support from my family and, of course, my running buddies, who helped me when my motivation waned.
“This was a once-in-a-lifetime challenge that I can safely say I’ll never do again.”
Tina’s husband Colin added: “I am really proud of Tina for completing the 1,000 miles — it’s an amazing achievement.”
To support Tina’s efforts, go to gofundme.com/tinarobertson.