Well, maybe not. There was a serious amount of chaffing going on yesterday after The Kiltwalk, some guys just don’t learn ! (Boys – wear pants under your kilts and use Vaseline!)
So, 27th April has been and gone, as has another Kiltwalk. I’m delighted to say team In It To Gin It survived, and apart from a few minor ailments, are all in one piece today. Which, considering my lack of training, is quite impressive. The day before was my birthday and I spent it enjoying some hospitality at Glasgow Warriors, watching them beat Edinburgh to win the 1872 cup. There were a few alcoholic beverages taken and a rather nice meal, so more #wilmastraining than Kiltwalk training! However, it was another superb day from start to finish, quality banter with Geraldine and Sandra and plenty of money raised.
We started at The Hydro this year and am sure we gave some of the locals a fright, 6000 people in kilts strolling along Dumbarton Road isn’t your average Sunday morning. As always, the charity pit stops were great – our favourites being the sausage and tomato crisps, orange quarters, fizzy cola bottles and flying saucers – just what us athletes needed.
The locals who come out along the way to cheer us on and offer support are fab – although I can’t believe I missed the famous ‘pop ups’ – superb to see them and their banner at the end ! One of the highlights for me was as we got to Bonhill bridge we could hear music, we thought someone on the bridge was playing it, but turns out it was Des and Louise McFarlane belting out the tunes themselves in their garden to give us a wee boost ! Check them out on Facebook – they were great!
Balloch was overrun with Kiltwalkers and the park was full, with free burgers and goody bags as well as the party in the marquee. Believe it or not, after 23 miles the Kiltwalkers still have the energy to sing, dance and enjoy a beer or two!
The senior members of In It To Gin It did us proud by completing the 13 mile half walk – would be rude to mention their ages, but let’s just say over 70. Top effort by Mammy Coleman and Aunty Anne.
Special mention to the team behind the Kiltwalk who make it all happen – Carey the CEO was still cheering people through the finish line when we left at 930pm and Zoey felt the need to show us photos of her blistered feet today – thanks for that ! Rumour has it that Ian Rutherford is signing up for all the other Kiltwalks this year to avoid being given chores – and a blue jacket…
A massive well done to Rhionna McCulloch – she’s 10 and did the full 23 miles – with a rucksack full of Easter eggs that was seriously heavy! Superb achievement 🙂
And thanks to you guys for sponsoring us and helping along the way – Michelle Rodger did phone to check up on us, but we know it was only because she thought it might finish us off and she had her eye on my new handbag ! The twitter and Facebook messages were highly entertaining as always. If you haven’t sponsored us yet, it’s not too late – we’ll keep our page open a bit longer. http://t.co/RGoTrN1Zwn
Same time next year, girls ?