FIVE St Andrews school pals will reunite this summer to take on the challenge of a lifetime.
Frankie Anderson, Kevin Cassidy, David Macfarlane, Ryan Milne and Laura Walker — all now 29 and living in Edinburgh — met at Madras College and remain firm friends.
In June the quintet, along with sixth team member Adrian Nowell (30), whose partner Kirsten Hulbert attended Madras, will walk 54 miles in just 24 hours through some of Scotland’s most beautiful and rugged highland landscapes as part of the Caledonian Challenge.
The group, who have called themselves The Outsiders, will be raising money for the Scottish Community Foundation and have organised a fundraising race night in St Andrews next weekend, with each team member being tasked with raising £500 for the cause.
Team leader Frankie told the Citizen: “I have had the Caledonian Challenge on my bucket list for a number of years, but I never thought I would be able to find one person to join me, let alone five!
“The idea of sharing this experience with my closest school friends fills me with pure excitement.
“I know it’s not going to be easy but if it were, where would the enjoyment be in that?”
The Outsiders’ ‘Night at the Races’ will be held next Saturday, March 12, at the Madras FP rugby clubhouse on Old Station Road from 8pm.
The ticket price will include a buffet and entertainment from local band Black Sheep Music Society, of which team member Ryan is the singer.
The team have been training hard ahead of the gruelling event, completing 22 miles along the Union Canal in January and 12.5 miles in the Pentland Hills last month.
They’ll be backed up during the challenge by a support team of Madras alumnus Stuart Nicoll and Samantha Duthie, whose partner, David, is one of The Outsiders.
The Caledonian Challenge runs from June 11-12 and is based around the Great Glen Way and West Highland Way footpaths.
For more information about the event, or to make a donation to the team, visit http://www.caledonianchallenge.com/teams/theoutsiders