Look out for the kilted walkers

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Tartan walkers will cut curious figures this weekend when the 2013 Angus Kiltwalk steps into action, taking in Arbroath and Carnoustie.

Local politicians Graeme Dey MSP and Nigel Don MSP will be in attendance to meet and encourage some of the hardy souls taking part in the mammoth 26-mile fund-raiser.

It kicks-off on Sunday at 9 a.m. in Links Park, the home of Montrose FC. From there, walkers will march through the town and over the River Esk, taking in spectacular views of the Montrose basin.

They will then head east along Scurdie Ness headland before turning south towards Arbroath, following the national cycle route on B roads and hugging the coastline.

The thigh-burning challenge finishes on Carnoustie Links where Radio Tay presenters will be on hand to welcome everyone over the finish line.

Also planning to greet the tired participants will be Mr Dey, who said: “I wish everyone who is taking on this challenge all the best, I just hope the weather holds!

“It is a wonderful event for a very worthy cause.”

The Kiltwalk has three options available to willing entrants – a 26 mile trek from Montrose to Carnoustie, 13 ‘Half Kilt’ miles from Ethie Barns Farm to Carnoustie or a 10 kilometre ‘Wee Walk’ around Carnoustie.

The event aims to help Scottish children from disadvantaged backgrounds or who suffer from life-threatening illnesses to get the care and attention they deserve.

Organisers hope to raise £50,000 on the day to be split between The Kiltwalk’s national partners the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, CLIC Sargent, Aberlour Child Care Trust and the Tartan Army Children’s Charity, and DEBRA who have been nominated for the Angus event in particular.

Several local charities and nurseries will also benefit after teams nominated them to receive a grant from The Kiltwalk of 50 per cent of the money they raise.