While others are slowing down, Barbara Dickson is speeding up. One of Scotland’s greatest ever singers, who also shone as an actress, is 74 but during lockdown took up running.
After a lifetime of body swerving fitness, the Dunfermline-born star now runs 3k every weekday. And despite her hugely successful career she does it because it stops her “getting stressed”.She laughed: “You have to be careful not to sound like some old, boring, evangelical running person.
I’m not breaking records. I’m doing it for myself.“I tend to get quite anxious about things, I worry about all sorts of things.
I don’t think I’m unusual in that. But it stops me really getting stressed.”After living in England for 35 years and raising her three now grown-up sons, Barbara moved back to Edinburgh seven years ago with husband Oliver to spend the rest of her life in her home country.Living in Edinburgh city centre she joined a gym and three times a week would do some running, cycling and weightlifting.But then lockdown hit, the gym shut and Oliver – “much more physical” than her – got her out every Sunday for long walks exploring Edinburgh.While the walk would have been enough for most of us, Barbara began to run during the week.She laughed: “At the start I’d run about the length of myself and be over a bench like a wet sock.Read more on dailyrecord.co.uk