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This is a little write up about the Edinburgh Kiltwalk to tell you how it went and to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored us.

I rocked up to the Musselburgh seafront with my son Sam on a cool, grey and blustery Sunday morning to join a throng of outrageously cheerful kiltwalkers. We had dodged the dress code memo and weren’t wearing mini kilts, charity t-shirts and furry headbands, but no matter – maybe next time!

A long yomp along the coastline followed, past lovely waterfront stretches in Portobello and Leith, up through the leafy Water of Leith and on to Victoria Park, where there was a proper pit stop with portaloos and a picnic, plus a glimpse of Spiderman in a kilt having a fag break.

 

 

 

 

Then we headed out onto Lower Granton Road, where the clouds finally parted and the sky and Forth turned from steely grey to blue. Along Gypsy Brae, Silverknowes and Davidson’s Mains we went, enjoying the last gasp of summer landscape, shooting the breeze and only finally starting to feel a bit ‘are we nearly there yet?’ around the 12-mile mark.

The finish line was in Murrayfield, not in the stadium sadly, but sort of round to the side. Never mind – there was still a hero’s welcome: cheering, high fiving, a medal each, some celebratory selfies and a hearty bowl of rice and chilli. Collapsed on the grass, wondering how we would manage the last short walk to the train station, it still felt pretty good to have gone the distance, raising money for a great cause.

On the injury front, I suffered one ball-of-the-foot blister and felt a bit creaky for the next three days. Sam did serious damage to the contents of the fridge once home, but was otherwise completely fine.

 

 

 

 

Trees for Life logoTrees for Life, one of Copylab’s charities of the year, is a tree-planting and re-wilding charity that’s making a wonderful difference to the landscape of the Scottish Highlands and capturing carbon at the same time. So, thank you once again to everyone who has put money towards our page.

So far, we’ve raised £438, which will be match funded to £524. Brilliant!! And there’s still time for anyone who kept meaning to do it to donate.

All in all, it was a really enjoyable, well-run day and next year – consider giving it a go!

To donate, please click on the following link: https://edinburghkiltwalk2019.everydayhero.com/uk/sam-9

Carmen Reid

An author and journalist, Carmen specialises in customer-facing content. A committed wordsmith, she enjoys a good debate with the Copylab grammar geeks.