Over 4,000 people of all different ages walked on the 24th April to raise money for so many incredible charities. The walkers left Hampden at 9am with the route mapped out all the way along the Clyde to finish in the very scenic Loch Lomond. The walkers were of all ages from tiny toddlers to the elderly supporting each other all along the way. To make each route manageable and more enjoyable there were pipers, pit stops with water and snacks and live music throughout the event.
What makes this event stand out from previous Kiltwalk’s is that 100% of each donation goes directly to your chosen children’s charity to help them fund the vital work they do.
The amazing ‘Kilties’ volunteers supported all walkers on the way round, whether it was cheering everyone on their way, asking for a high five or giving some much needed motivation they were on hand through the day.
In total 79 people walked for Scottish Sports Futures. This total was divided as follows – 11 walkers for the 26 mile Mighty Stride, 15 walkers for the 13 mile Big Stroll and 53 walkers for the 6 mile Wee Wander. This total included SSF staff, their families and friends, Active Champions along with their family and friends, and MEND participants and their families and friends.
As this was my first Kiltwalk I decided the best walk to do would be the 6 mile ‘Wee Wander’ and who better to do it with than my Mum! Although we had chosen the shortest route, for myself and my mum this would be a massive challenge as this is not a walk we would do on a daily or weekly basis. Between myself and my Mum and Dad we have three Labradors so there was no excuse for not going out for practice walks.
We couldn’t have asked for a better day weather-wise, it was sunny and clear for most of the day. It was great to see so many SSF walkers there ready to start the Wee Wander. The energy was electric at the start of the event with many a cheer and warm up routine….and we were off. The Wee Wander was very scenic with the main part of the walk being through Balloch Country Park. We split off in to smaller groups and headed off. I must give my Dad a shout out as he ended up walking 4 miles with me and my Mum, absolute number 1 cheerleader! Next year we will be signing him up for the event as he was a bit of a pro at it!
Everywhere we walked you could see so many SSF t-shirts, along with bright orange balloons and water bottles. It was incredible to see so many different charities walking at the event – some I had not heard of before. To be in the one place with so many people walking for so many different causes but with the same goal to raise as much money as possible to allow these charities to continue with the incredible work they do.
Everyone walking has a story of why they are walking at the Kiltwalk event some will be walking for the children who were taken too soon, others will walk for children who are still fighting serious conditions and illnesses and others will be walking to change lives of young people giving them the best opportunities possible who need help the most. From speaking to people participating in the Kiltwalk People who take part in this event are not assuming that help or funds are going to be available, so they are using their own initiative to help the most vulnerable young people by raising as much money as they possibly can.
In total myself and my Mum raised £485 including Gift Aid. We had a target to raise £200 so were completely overwhelmed to more than double our target! We are very grateful to family and friends for their amazing donations!
Life really is so precious and if you can help to make a difference in young people’s lives by raising funds for their associated charity then every mile walked is worth it!
Bring on the 2017 Kiltwalk…who knows I might even take the next step and walk 13 miles!!!!!