KiltWalk blog from Allison and Jason
I thought he was crazy but he somehow managed to persuade a team to take part. It was only when I saw the footage afterwards that I thought “I have to do that next year!
Three years ago, an e-mail pinged into my inbox from my colleague, Jason Harris. He asked if I would be able to help organise some company funding and branded t-shirts….for a 26 mile walk! I thought he was crazy but he somehow managed to persuade a team to take part. It was only when I saw the footage afterwards that I thought “I have to do that next year!!!!”.
Now, here we are having just completed another mammoth hike from Duthie Park to Potarch with our team – some old faces and some new – and this year raising money for Dreams Come True Scotland.
We arrived nice and sharp on the day of the walk – wise instructions from Captain Harris – and come 9am, our 24 strong team set off in our bright orange shirts and matching tartan tutus. It was a bit chilly at this point and some of us still had on our jackets….not for long though! The one thing I hadn’t factored in – well, it is Aberdeen after all – was how hot it was actually going to get….
I was fortunate to have two cracking walking buddies on the day – Jason and Fran – and we bantered our way through the route until we hit the Banchory hills, at which point I started to really feel the pain. Fran stretched out ahead of us (he has extremely long legs!) so it was up to Jason to keep me going when I could no longer talk!
We made a point of touching each of the posters of children which were displayed along the route and that really kept our spirits up – knowing that our aching hips and knees were only temporary compared to the battles those children fight daily was a real boost to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Finally, the finish line was in sight and we could hear the music playing – we had done it! A well-deserved beer or two was enjoyed in Potarch park as we watched our team mates cross the line over the next few hours.
I am hugely proud to have Kiltwalked again this year and feel very privileged to have taken part in something so amazing.
Roll on 2017!