Glasgow Kiltwalk 2015

It was a wet and horrible start to the day, not what we wanted on our first ever Kiltwalk. Never the less, we were prepared and ready to go.

A group of eight staff were in our “Proclaimers”/Team Proclaim and had been training for the 15 mile walk in the weeks leading up to the event. For our first attempt at this we signed up for the Glasgow Half Kiltwalk, a trek from Clydebank to Loch Lomond.

Luckily by the time everyone taking part moved outside from the registration venue to the warm up zone, the rain had stopped. After a mass group warm-up we headed west along the Forth & Clyde canal tow path. It took a couple of miles before the large group got stretched out enough to let people walk at their preferred pace.

Along the route there were a number of “pit stops” which were put on by sponsors and charity partners. Each were a small oasis of relief on the route with food, drink, live music and toilets. Never before has a portable toilet been such a welcome sight! We reached the pit stop in Dumbarton at just the right time for a late lunch and by this time the sun was shining and spirits were high.  From there we headed north along the banks of the River Leven towards Balloch, and the finish line.

The organisers had provided everyone with a t-shirt, the colour of which indicated which distance you were walking. Our grey coloured shirts showed we were half distance, but we soon found some speedy full distance walkers in their official black t-shirts (they started from Hampden Stadium in Glasgow a couple of hours before us) had caught up with us. Most impressive of all were those people in purple t-shirts, they had signed up to take part in all 6 Kiltwalks this year (each 26 miles) each in a different city/area of Scotland. Definitely worthy of respect!

As we approached Balloch we were able to see people lining the bridge over the river we were walking beside and cheering everyone on. That was really fantastic for our flagging feet and aching joints to get through that final mile into the town’s park.

The finish area was packed with people and more live music, crossing the line was a really great moment. In the end we completed the walk in around 4 hours and 45 minutes, a lot of walking in anyone’s book! Some obligatory photos were taken and a celebratory drink were had before we all headed home to soak in our baths!

All in all we had a great day, with only a handful of blisters amongst the team. This was a small price to pay though and we are very proud to have raised over £1,600 in the process. Our team chose Yorkhill Children’s Charity as their nominated cause, with a large chunk of what we raise going to them, the rest being distributed amongst the Kiltwalk’s main supported charity partners. If you would still like to donate to our team page then you’ll need to hurry! Our page should remain open until around 12th May. Click here to go to our donation page.

The Kiltwalk is a charity organisation that raises money for a variety of Scottish children’s charities via their organised walks. At present they run 6 Kiltwalks across Scotland, including the Glasgow one we took part in. The Glasgow event reportedly had over 5,200 participants this year. To find out more about how to participate visit their website