Hundreds aim to keep the spirit of ‘The Walk’ alive

Hundreds turned out for 'The Walk' (pic: Leah Rosewall)
Hundreds turned out for ‘The Walk’ (pic: Leah Rossvoll)

ALMOST 300 PEOPLE took to the roads of Moray on Sunday to show their support for dozens of local and national charities.

‘The Walk’ had been hastily arranged to replace the highly successful Speyside Kiltwalk after a decision was taken that event would not happen this year.

One of the main beneficiaries of the Kiltwalk, Lossiemouth-based Logan’s Fund, was a driving force behind the new event after many of their supporters came forward and said they still wished to take on the 26-mile trek.

Several last-minute walkers and supporters turned out for the event which saw a choice of three walks suitable for every age group – starting with a full 26-miles heading out from Buckie and along the Speyside Way to Alice Littler Park in Aberlour.

Several picked up the shorter 16-mile route from Fochabers while yet more took on the final two and a half miles from Craigellachie – with all finishing at the same point.

Most of those taking on the full walk took around six hours to complete the trek on a day when the weather was kind and support from the general public kinder still, with one participant saying: “It was really sad to hear that the Speyside Kiltwalk had run into problems and would not take place this year.

“It turned out to be a perfect day and the spirit amongst those walking was fantastic – as it has always been. I just hope that Logan’s Fund and others can keep this going so that it can perhaps grow once again into one of the biggest and best annual events in Moray.”

Logan’s Fund was set up in memory of three-year-old Logan Main by his family and has since raised thousands of pounds to help families in similar situations. Following Sunday’s event Logan’s mother Angela said it had been a brilliant day and thanked people taking part for their “phenomenal” support.