A PRESTONPANS-BASED GP will swap her stethoscope for a water bottle on Sunday when she laces up her trainers to run the 26.2 miles of the Edinburgh Marathon to raise money for a day care centre in the town.

Dr Catherine Bell Webb, originally from Haddington, is in her final year of GP training at Prestonpans Health Centre and currently lives in Edinburgh.

This will be the GP’s second marathon, having participated in the Manchester Marathon while at university.

She returned to her love of running during lockdown in 2020.

The 30-year-old said: “I have loved getting to know the area and the people.

“I did my medical training at Cambridge and then worked mainly in Edinburgh.

“I have loved being in East Lothian again, exploring the coastline on runs after work.”

She thought it would be a good idea to raise some money for a local charity.

“I have heard such great things about Harlawhill Day Care Centre from other staff at the practice and also directly from patients who absolutely love it,” she added.

East Lothian Courier: Harlawhill Day Centre in PrestonpansHarlawhill Day Centre in Prestonpans

“They provide an amazing service for frail and elderly people in the community, giving daily care and support to help people stay in their own homes for longer. I also run past it most days, so it felt fitting to pick them.”

The total target set is £2,000, with more than £1,100 raised so far.

Dr Webb added: “I’m grateful to everyone who has shared my fundraising page and donated so far.

“It would be fantastic if we could reach £2,000 for this wonderful charity.”

Anyone wishing to donate can do so at app.investmycommunity.com/campaign-page/gps-run-edinburgh-marathon