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Sponsored Walk 2015

164 walkers helped raise funds for Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team’s in their annual sponsored walk on Saturday 6th June, 2015.

164 walkers took part in the annual sponsored walk raising valuable funds for Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team.  The walk took place on the Glen Tanar estate and we are very grateful to Eric Baird, Head Ranger and the Estate for allowing us to hold the walk there again this year.

Although windy, the weather was dry.  The 23km walk started at the Visitors Centre in Glen Tanar.  Walkers crossed the bridge and then walked up behind the car park joining the track which traverses the side of the hill round past the home farm and Glen Tanar House before dropping down into the Glen.  Following the main track west up the Glen for about two kilometres the route crossed the Tanar and slowly climbed heading south east round the edge of the Strone eventually connecting with the Firmounth track. The walkers then left the Firmounth track and headed due east to the Guard at the top of the Fungle Road before descending to traverse the north side of Craigendinnie. The recent clearing of forestry in this section afforded great views across towards Aboyne and mid Deeside. A fairly steep descent to the South Drive brought walkers back to the Tanar and a gentle walk back to the Visitor Centre past the historic Chapel of St Lesmo.

After arriving at the finish, walkers received a water bottle courtesy of Shell UK, cakes kindly donated by Sinclairs of Huntly bakery and a well deserved ice cream from Mackies of Scotland.

As usual, the walk was marshalled by members of AMRT and their good humour and supply of juice and sweeties on the way round was much appreciated.

The annual sponsored walk is Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  We are very grateful to every one of you that make it successful, those that help organise and those who donate to us and especially the walkers that take part and raise vital funds to enable the Team to remain operational.

 

Photo: Walkers enjoying refreshments at Checkpoint 1