The race director of next weekend's Touch of Tartan racing and walking events has put out a final call for participants to put their best foot forward and raise money for three great local charities.

The Touch of Tartan Weekend on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August, includes 5 races to suit every pace. There's the fourth annual Perth 5k Kilt Run, the first ever Touch of Tartan Half Marathon Run and three kilted walking events - 5k, half marathon and full marathon length. All the running and walking races take place on the Saturday.

The event is working with three local charities to encourage race participants to raise money for them - Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA), the Perth & District Branch of Guide Dogs Scotland and Perth Autism Support.

Councillor Bob Ellis, Race Director for the Touch of Tartan Weekend, said: "We've had a good response from people to the new Touch of Tartan Half Marathon Run, but we're still really keen to see more people sign up to the 5k Kilt run and three walking events.

"The races are all about setting a personal challenge to complete them, having a bit of fun and enjoying a great day out in one of Scotland's most beautiful cities, but they are also a fantastic opportunity to raise money to support a local charity.

"Lots of people have already chosen to raise money for their favourite charity by getting friends and family to sponsor them to take part in one of the races, but we know that there are still lots more people who haven't yet made the leap from thinking about entering to actually getting involved.

"My plea to anyone in that situation would be to sign up now, and get raising sponsorship money for the SCAA, the local Guide Dogs branch or Perth Autism Support. They are all fantastic causes who would appreciate every penny you manage to raise."

In addition to the running and walking events the Touch of Tartan Weekend includes a family fun day on Saturday 8 August on the North Inch, featuring music from Eric Faulkner's Bay City Rollers, Dougie MacLean and The Mad Ferret Band, entertainment, food stalls and much more for a great day out. The weekend continues on Sunday 9 August with Perth Highland Games and a Touch of Tartan themed Restaurant Day and street food stalls.

For more information on how to raise sponsorship for SCAA, Guide Dogs or Perth Autism Support visit the Run for Charities page of this website.