Liz Lumsden

We’ve had runners, swimmers, bikers, cyclists and even boxers raising money for us. But Liz Lumsden dug out her trusty boots to walk the West Highland Way.

Readers of our Safety Gone Sane blog followed Liz’s preparations for the tough, two-day trek, which took place in April, 2014. By the time she strapped on her boots to step out on the 50-mile second stretch of the Way, she had lost her original walking buddy, son Kenneth, to a knee problem, and gained a new companion – son Donald!

Stretching from Crianlarich to Fort William, the final section of the Way involves some tough hills such as the appropriately-named ‘Devil’s Staircase’.

Liz and Donald struck out at 7am on day one with a climb out of Crianlarich. By the time they hit their hotel, all they could think about was the bath and hot meal that were waiting.

After a rainy (and achy) night, the pair were ready to complete the challenge. And it certainly proved to be one: the last section of the West Highland Way is on very unforgiving surfaces and their bones ached with five miles still to go.

But, buoyed up by text messages from supporters, they made it – and smashed their fundraising target. And the money Liz and Donald raised went towards the printing and distribution of a new book, The Birthday Party, which will was available to children starting school in Scotland. It was part of an initiative to provide safety education for primary school children.

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