TILLICOULTRY was given a sprucing up by members of the Wee County Harriers and staff from the town's Nike outlet during a plogging event last week.

A combination of running and litter picking, plogging is fast becoming an eco-friendly fitness trend for the modern age.

Around a dozen people took part on Tuesday, September 10, and everyone was pleased with the final results.

The Wee County Harriers' chariman, George Furmage, told the Advertiser more about how the event came about.

The 48-year-old said: "One of our team had seen [a video about plogging] on Facebook, and we were always going to look into it.

"But then an employee at the Nike store emailed me about two or three weeks ago, asking if we'd be interested in it."

From there, the joint effort was organised, and took place in some of the wooded areas near the Sterling Mills Shopping Outlet.

George said: "I think everyone got at least a bag each, so there was least 15 or twenty bags filled."

And those who took part even came up with a nifty way to keep everyone's spirits up throughout the event too.

George said: "One of the girls put some songs on and we were dancing and singing along the way – it was good."

Indeed, the event went so well that George said the Harriers would be looking to do it again in future – and even get their younger runners involved next time too.

A spokesperson for Tilly's Nike Factory Store said: "This was our third plogging event, and we were keen to involve our community partners.

"It went really well, and we collected lots of rubbish.

"We've done that route three times now, and I think we've collected round about 30 bags of rubbish from the area so far."