PEOPLE are being encouraged to sign up to a virtual run for a cancer support charity in the Forth Valley.

Maggie's Forth Valley is launching its third annual Elf Family Fun Run, which is going virtual this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Families are being asked to dress up as elves on Sunday, December 6, and walk, run, skip or even cartwheel around a rout of their choice.

Distances of 3km, 5km and 10km are available in the challenge with no registration fee.

Those who take on the run are being asked to raise a minimum of £50 per elf for the good cause, or £150 per family.

Cristina Pouso, centre fundraising manager at Maggie's Forth Valley, said: "We were gutted to think our Elf Family Fun Run wouldn't be able to go ahead this year due to Covid restrictions.

"Our Elf Family Fun Run is a hugely popular event for us and so much fun for all the family but we know that you simply can't keep a good elf down.

"Moving it over to a virtual format means that our elfy community can still get in the elfy spirit, raise money for Maggie's Forth Valley whilst keeping themselves safe within social distancing guidelines."

Maggie's Forth Valley, which provides free practical and emotional support for people living with cancer, has created the Elf Family Fun Run group on Facebook to bring fundraisers together.

It offers various resources, including a scavenger hunt for children and young people.

People can visit to sign up, anyone can questions can contact the fundraising team via or by calling 01324 868 078.