Down Memory Lane - A BIG THANK YOU


On Sunday 24th September, to celebrate his 70th birthday, Rotarian Alisdair Miller recreated a 'walk' he last undertook as a 17-year-old soldier recruit in the Queens Own Highlanders - walking the Lairig Ghru from East to West.  This is a 31 km trail in the Cairngorm Mountains.  His friend Des Buckley accompanied him.  As an incentive they were fundraising for Cancer Research UK and Combat Stress Scotland hoping to raise £1000 and have so far reached £1870.  If you wish to donate you can do so at untill 24th October.

"It's over. 12.5 hours in the mountains, the first hour of which stayed dry and the last hour was done in darkness. The real challenge was scrabbling over the boulders in the middle third of the walk: they were slippery and wobbly and some had quite sharp points.  No fun at all.  With the almost non-stop rain the path, such as it was, had filled up with puddles.  In the beginning we tried to walk around the puddles but by the end we were just sloshing through them.  The walk was quite an achievement, especially for us at our age (it was Alisdair's 70th birthday and Des is 67).  The day started with a Big Boy's Breakfast in the Moorfield House hotel in Braemar and Cecilia drove us from there to the Linn of Dee where we started our little walk at 08.40.  Between then and 21.10, when we finished it, all we had to eat and drink was a banana each and cups of tea.  The main reason for this was the rain. It never seemed the right time to stop in the rain and take off our waterproofs to reach our rations.  There was no shelter on the route, apart from a bothy which was situated less than halfway in and at that point we were keen to keep going.  We came very close to deciding to spend the night on the mountain as we had survival bivvy’s, blankets etc but finishing the walk was the preferred option (the beer at the end was an incentive) and that's what we did.  Today, 25th September, every muscle is stiff and tired but we are delighted to have been able to raise funds to support two worthy causes.  Our heartfelt thanks to all who donated.

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