A MENSTRIE personal trainer is set for another gruelling challenge up Dumyat this weekend to support an armed forces charity close to her heart.

While she is no stranger to running the distance of two marathons in a single day, Dawn Gibson will have to find the strength this Saturday, August 10, as she looks to conquer the local hill on a continuous loop for around 16 hours.

She will be taking on and repeating a 3.1mile route up and down from the first light to the last as she looks to raise £1,000 for Rock2Recovery.

It is a cause close to the heart of the former army sergeant as the charity aims to tackle stress and mental health issues by creating positive change when it is needed the most.

Dawn said: "You hear on the news these days; ex-soldiers are going through tough times and there's not really a lot out there to help them.

"So it's just nice to support the charity."

She will be tackling the hill on her own from dawn till dusk, powerwalking and running where appropriate for around 16-17 hours.

This will be Dawn's third similar fundraiser and is very much looking to become an annual undertaking.

Last year she supported charity Scotty's Little Soldiers with a 24-hour running challenge and she is looking to keep the yearly event fresh by swapping flat ground for the Ochils.

It will be a small step up from the last one who the local woman, who served as a tank mechanic for 12 years in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

She is also looking to test herself with the challenge and said: "It will be nice to see if I can still do it because it is going to be a lot of miles that I am going to be covering."

She is both keen to get going but is also looking forward to what will be well-deserved rest at the end of it all.

Dawn runs GI. Fit at Alloa Trade Centre wanted to thank friends, family and clients for their support so far.

At the time of writing she already raised more than £500 via her JustGiving page; visit bit.ly/2KhLOki to donate.