Kiltwalk is an ace experience for fundraisers

8 May 2019

The Glasgow event has again smashed targets as over 13,000 people walk along the bonnie banks for charity

Over 13,000 people embarked on the tartan-blazed Glasgow Kiltwalk on 28 April with walkers (and dogs) choosing to take part in six, 15 or 23 mile-long walks.

A total of 6,500 people started off in Glasgow Green to complete the full 23 miles, while 3,700 participants set off from Clydebank for the Big Stroll along the bonnie banks to Balloch.

2,800 fundraisers also completed the Wee Wander, a six-mile mile walk to the finish line.

The Glasgow event is expected to have raised more than £3.5m in total for charities across Scotland, with fundraisers raising £2.5m, plus the additional 40% top up on all donations added by Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation.

Thousands of those who participated were walking in aid of different charities including SIMBA, SAMH, Calum’s Cabin, The Beatson and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

Photograph: Margaret Murphy

Judy Murray and a group of Murraynators took part in the Wee Wander for the Judy Murray Foundation. The charity takes tennis into rural and disadvantaged areas and builds workforces in the local community.

The group also took part in mini tennis along the route, while others walked the full distance from Glasgow Green to smash over £12,000 for the foundation in total.

Janette Lawson, 57, from Sunderland, participated in the Wee Wander and was delighted to be involved. She said: “This is the first time that I’ve walked the Kiltwalk. On a personal level I’ve raised over £118.35 for the Judy Murray Foundation as part of a group of 10 Murraynators walking along with Judy. Seven others walked the whole distance and collectively we raised over £12,000.

“I did the Kiltwalk specifically to raise money for Judy’s foundation. I probably wouldn’t have done it otherwise, but she does such good work and deserves the support.

“Reading her autobiography makes you realise that she’s been a pioneer for women coaches and she’s trying to pass that on to others to help less privileged kids.

“The camaraderie was amazing on the walk. Judy chatted with everyone including people who were passing us. And we also had a chance to chat with each other which we are something too busy to do at events, so that was great.

She added: “The Murraynators are a great bunch and very supportive of each other. It has transcended beyond just being tennis buddies now and I have some real friends there.”

Photograph: Kate Cook (St Mirren Women’s Manager)

Also raising money on Sunday and walking as part of a group was Stuart Rennie, who recently embarked on the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) course at St Mirren Football Club run by Gayle Brannigan.

Inspired by the programme and a little fitter to boot, he completed the whole walk for Bobath Scotland – a charity that offers advice, help and support to children and adults living with cerebral palsy.

He said: “I walked with the guys and girls from the St Mirren football fans in training and we did the full walk from Glasgow Green. It was an awesome experience chatting to strangers and all the volunteers who encouraged you all the way.

“There were first aiders on route to help me with blisters and the general public handed out sweets, burgers, use of their own toilets and in a few cases, alcohol.”

After crossing the line, the question remained on whether he would recommend taking on the challenge to others.

Rennie added: “I would recommend it to anyone and I’m currently so unfit and managed to complete it, although I am still suffering two days later. As to whether I would do it again, you should ask me next week when the pain has gone away but I’m delighted to have raised £500 for Bobath.”

If you missed out on the Glasgow Kiltwalk this year you can sign up for either Aberdeen, Dundee or Edinburgh later this year. For more details head to www.thekiltwalk.co.uk

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