Pals tackle trek for good cause

A group of friends who raised �1,890 whilst walking rhe West Highland Way were pictured in the Kinloch Arms Hotel presenting a cheque to the Archie Foundation. From left: Donnie Mckay, Chris Gray, Jack Gibb, Emma White, John McKellican, Ian Cameron, Brian Dowling.
A group of friends who raised �1,890 whilst walking rhe West Highland Way were pictured in the Kinloch Arms Hotel presenting a cheque to the Archie Foundation. From left: Donnie Mckay, Chris Gray, Jack Gibb, Emma White, John McKellican, Ian Cameron, Brian Dowling.

A group of Carnoustie men this week presented a cheque for nearly £2000 they had raised undertaking an epic trek across Scotland.

Friends Ian Cameron, John McKellican, Jack Gibb, Donny McKay, Chris Gray and Brian Dowling raised a total of £1890 by the sweat of their brows after completing the West Highland Way.

All of the money was presented on Monday night to the Archie Foundation, the official charity of Tayside Children’s Hospital in Dundee.

It took the group five days to cover the 96 miles or so from Milngavie to Fort William, and it was not always plain sailing.

A spokesperson for the group said: “The guys started training in October last year, walking 12-14 miles on Sunday mornings in the hope that this would get them through, but unfortunately they didn’t take into account hills and rough terrain.

“So after a day of sunshine and easy walking, having to go over Conic Hill at the end of Day One came as a bit of a shock.”

In addition to rougher than expected terrain, the trekkers also had to contend with less than ideal accommodation, frequent rain and temperatures of as low as -1 Celsius, before finally making it to the finishing line in Fort William.

The spokesperson continued: “As they sat down to the customary beer when they finished and reflected on their five days walking, the guys were unanimous in saying they would never do that walk again.

“However, a different one would not be out of the question and it had been a worthwhile experience.

“After rounding up all the sponsorship money, a total of £1890 had been raised by the guys.”