Bob’s Walk 2013 – an oustanding success

Dr Bob Grant at the end of Bob's Walk 2013 in Dundee on one of the Harley Davidson's  from the Edinburgh Dunedin Chapter of the Harley Davidson owners' group
Dr Bob Grant at the end of Bob's Walk 2013 in Dundee on one of the Harley Davidson's from the Edinburgh Dunedin Chapter of the Harley Davidson owners' group

A nine-day fundraising trek to help highlight Maggie’s has been hailed an outstanding success collecting thousands of pounds for a worthy cause.

The Bob’s Walk group set off from Maggie’s Edinburgh on Saturday, August 3 to walk 108 miles along the Fife Coastal Path. And on Sunday, the group finally arrived at their destination at Maggie’s in Dundee.

The walkers reach Dundee

The walkers reach Dundee

The walkers, including Fife Free Press editor Allan Crow, aimed to raise awareness of the cancer caring centres and every single penny raised by the group is going directly to Maggie’s Fife. So far the amount raised is over £3000, but much more is expected to be collected over the next few weeks.

On the last day the group were joined by ultra runners Johnny and Sheena Logan who ran the path in an impressive 24 hours. They were also flanked by up to 80 bikers from the Edinburgh Dunedin Chapter of the Harley Davidson owners’ group who chaperoned the walkers to the finish line.

Speaking to the Press on Monday, Dr Bob Grant thanked all the sponsors and the supporters who helped to make the walk memorable.

He said: “From my perspective it has been a huge success. We had a wonderful group of walkers to walk with and there were no bad spells of weather, we wore t-shirts all the way. The coastline looked magnificent.”

He said the only part of the walk which was a bit more tiring was the stretch between the Kingswood in Burntisland and Buckhaven. The group took a detour to Maggie’s Fife in Kirkcaldy which made that day a bit longer. But it was soon forgotten as the group headed further along the coastal path enroute to Tayport.

Bob continued: “On the last day we left Tayport Harbour and enjoyed a relaxed lunch where we exchanged stories. We were also met by ultra runners Sheena and Johnny Logan who ran the path in 23 hours 14 minutes - I don’t know how they were still standing! What they achieved was fantastic. We heard the thundering sound of the Harley Davidson bikers who travelled with us to the finish along with Kirkcaldy Pipe Band. We were treated to a beautiful spread at Maggie’s Dundee and it was quite emotional at the end. We achieved what we had set out to do, which was telling people what Maggie’s is all about.”

He added: “It was such a positive experience - I would like to thank everyone who supported us.”

Tu Edwards, community fundraiser for Maggie’s Fife and Forth Valley, said: “What an inspirational challenge. A big thank you and well done to Dr Bob, Joan Grant, Irene Ness, Lorraine Turpie, Linda Palmer, Janice Allan, Allan Crow and Bert Hannah for walking 108 miles over 9 days!

Dr Bob Grant with ultra runners Sheena and Johnny Logan

Dr Bob Grant with ultra runners Sheena and Johnny Logan

“Well done and thanks to the incredible Sheena and Jonny Logan who ran the 108 miles in 23 hours and 14 minutes, thank you to the Dunedin Harley Davidson Chapter for riding our the entire route on their Harley’s, a big thanks to all the other walkers who joined on the route.

“So many people and businesses gave kindly - our main sponsor Mackays Jam and Marmalade, our other sponsors ACA Sports, Shadow Blinds and Fife and Dundee Chiropractic Clinic. Thanks to Society bar and restaurant, Kirkcaldy and District Pipe Band, The Parlour Cafe in Dundee, Greggs the baker Glenrothes, The Gilvenbank Hotel, Dennis O’Connell, Fife Indian Cooking Supper Club - Mandeep, the Pittenweem Festival, Ken Wilkie for his website and photos, The Fife Free Press, all our volunteers and donors and supporters. So sorry if we’ve forgotten anyone! The event was fantastic and the finish was magical!”

People can still make a donation to Bob’s Walk 2013 by visiting: fundraise.maggiescentre.org/bobswalk.