ATHLETICS golden girl Maria Lyle and Scottish rugby legend Scott Hastings are urging people to join a free charity challenge to raise awareness around mental health.

Grand Slam winner Scott Hastings and his wife Jenny (pictured above, right) are ambassadors for Support in Mind Scotland, and have used their own personal mental health experiences to inspire others to sign up to the charity’s flagship campaign, the 100 Streets Challenge.

And they have been joined by track star Lyle as they encourage participants to get creative by devising their own route before walking, running or cycling 100 streets in their community, any time between 1 April and World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

Maria, 19, who has Cerebral Palsy, has shared her own mental health struggles in the past.

The European champion and Commonwealth Games medallist from Dunbar, fresh from winning double gold in the 100 metres and 200m at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai last week, said: “Mental health is a cause close to my heart and I am delighted to be able to help Support in Mind Scotland with this great initiative. I know from my own experience that mental ill health affects many of us, but it is reassuring that there are charities around like Support in Mind Scotland to offer support where and when it is needed.”

Scott Hastings said: “The 100 Streets Challenge has gone from strength to strength and it is always pleasing to see just how many positives people get out of taking part.

“Whether you decide to walk, run or cycle, taking part in the 100 Streets Challenge helps release endorphins and can improve your mental well-being. We hope as many people as possible join the campaign and support this charity’s invaluable work.”

It is free to take part in the 100 Streets Challenge, and you can sign up at