A TWO-year-old golden retriever which does press-ups, high fives and burpees has been chosen to launch the Scotland Race for Life at Home – a lockdown fitness challenge to help raise funds for charity.

Islay the wonder dog doesn’t just fetch toys for owners Greg Wilkie and Lauren Robertson and loves showing off the process of her fitness regime at their home in Glasgow.

Wilkie, 27, said: “Islay loves learning tricks and we had a lot of fun making a video at home to show off what she’s learnt so far.

“The secret to success I think is patience and plenty of treats to reward the dog when they do the right thing.”

He added: “We’re all going to be spending a lot of time indoors this spring so it feels good to keep fit and plan something positive to help people who are going through cancer right now.”

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The Race for Life 5K and 10K at Glasgow Green next month is among events Cancer Research UK has postponed this spring during the coronavirus outbreak. It is not yet known when it will be rearranged for.

However, as lockdown continues, undeterred women, men, children and dogs are already vowing to carry on and complete a Race for Life at Home challenge at home, in their garden or nearest green space.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK spokesperson in Scotland, said: “Our priority as a charity is ensuring that people affected by cancer are getting the support they need right now. But we are already getting people asking about doing Race for Life at Home because they don’t want to see the charity lose out on vital funding. It’s truly humbling to see the response.”