Scottish Woodlands took inspiration from an Oscar-winning film for a charity challenge to raise money for Lyme Disease UK.

Run Forester Run...or walk or cycle, or swim or paddle, is the title of the challenge, inspired by the 'Run Forrest Run' section of Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks.

As well as running, staff from the South-west region cycled, walked, swam, paddle-boarded and kayaked the distance between the company's Fenwick and Dumfries offices - almost 100 miles.

All the legs were completed simultaneously by 23 staff in an inclusive challenge suitable for all abilities and interests.

Regional Manager Andy Maclachlan, one of the organisers of the challenge, said: "The event was a great success and a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and funds for our company’s charity of the year. There were a few tired bodies after the challenge, but all sections were completed successfully, and everyone enjoyed the chance to catch up with colleagues across the region at the BBQ afterwards.”

"The sponsorship donations have been rolling in, but there is still time for people to sponsor us. We will definitely consider doing something similar another year – it's great we were able to design a challenge amongst the forests and rural areas we all work in and an excellent opportunity for staff in the region to catch up while taking in the physical and mental health benefits of the event.”

Lyme's Disease is spread by ticks and as SWL staff predominantly work in rural environments, the company is very keen to raise awareness of the disease and fund more research.

More than £4,500 has already been raised for the charity from a variety of events - with the Run Forester Run proceeds to add in.

Ian Robinson, Managing Director of Scottish Woodlands Ltd, said: "This was a brilliant challenge for a very worthy cause, directly relevant to our colleagues' daily work. It was great to see so many staff taking part."

Lyme Disease is commonly caused by the bite of a tick carrying the borrelia bacteria.There is limited research into diagnosis and finding effective treatments, which can lead to years of misdiagnosis.