Teachers’ 52-mile walk on a Movember day ...

Kirkland maths teachers John Wilson and Duncan Zuill take a break during their 52 mile walk from Glasgow to Edinburgh to raise money for Movember.
Kirkland maths teachers John Wilson and Duncan Zuill take a break during their 52 mile walk from Glasgow to Edinburgh to raise money for Movember.

Two Kirkland High School teachers swapped the classroom for the great outdoors on Friday - all to raise money for Movember.

And when we say ‘great’, we’re referring to the aftermath of Storm Abigail, making for soggy feet and blisters.

That was what faced maths teachers Duncan Zuill and John Wilson as they completed their challenge to walk from Glasgow to Edinburgh in one go in a bid to raise as much money as possible for the Movember charity drive, which raises awareness of men’s health.

Setting off from Byres Road in Glasgow at 7.30pm, the pair travelled along the union canal via the Falkirk Wheel, along to Linlithgow.

They headed to Ratho Climbing Centre, before finally reaching the Lochrin Basin in Edinburgh at 6pm on Saturday evening.

In total, they walked 52 miles in just under 24 hours, with only a couple of breaks in-between.

Speaking to the Mail - after their feet had recovered - John said: “The walk went really well.

‘‘It was raining when we started.

‘‘But through the night it was quite nice weather and dry with a nice breeze behind us.”

John explained they had hoped to complete the distance in around 19 hours, but due to ground conditions, their time of 22.5 hours left them “quite chuffed”.

“The ground was wet from the rain the day before, and much of the path along the canal was flooded so dry feet was not something we could have expected! Blisters and tiredness slowed us down a little bit.”

The pair have taken part in Movember on a number of occasions, and both are still growing the famous ‘tache that is associated with the annual charity drive.

But this year, they were keen to try something else to help raise awareness among pupils, parents and other teachers.

John said: “I wanted to do something bigger and better this year.

‘‘I’d heard about the Glasgow to Edinburgh challenge before, and thought doing it in November would make it that wee bit more difficult - and Duncan agreed to do it with me.”

The whole school has been supporting the teachers in their challenge.

A special fundraiser will be held on the last Friday of November to help boost their fundraising even further.

“We raised around £1200 last year,’’ added John.

‘‘We’ve already beaten our target of £500 that we set for this year, so hopefully with the teachers’ coffee morning, pupil bake sale and raffle, we can get over that £1000 mark,” said John.

To donate to John and Duncan’s Movember fund, you can do so online at mobro.co/twomenandnoboat.