Third annual Tartan Trek in aid of CLAN

People from Deeside and Donside are being encouraged to pull on their walking boots to support a popular annual event.

The third annual Tartan Trek takes place on Saturday, May 12, on the Balmoral Estate.

Participants of all fitness levels are invited to take part in the event which aims to bring people together to enjoy the outdoors, and to show that gentle exercise can be beneficial, while also raising awareness, and funds, for Aberdeen-based charity, CLAN Cancer Support.

Walkers can choose between two routes of either 6km or 15km through the grounds of Balmoral Castle and on Land Rover tracks.

Duncan Tunstall, of Aboyne, one of the team behind the event which is organised by local volunteers, believes the huge benefits gained from exercise can often be underrate.

“When I moved to the area I was bowled over by what we had access to from our doorstep,” he said. “When I received my cancer diagnosis more than 12 years ago, I was determined to continue my hobbies where possible, which included walking, climbing and running. I cannot emphasise how important embracing exercise has been to me. I strongly feel the benefits of the outdoors were key to ensuring I remained positive. I also met so many lovely people through walking, people who have become good friends and a great support network.

“The Tartan Trek not only aims to raise awareness of CLAN Cancer Support’s amazing work within Deeside and beyond, but we also hope that the event can help bring people together and encourage them to enjoy the amazing scenery we have around the Balmoral area.

“Walking is a form of exercise which is accessible to everyone – regardless of age, fitness or circumstance – and we hope the Tartan Trek will encourage others to take up walking and enjoy its many health benefits.”

The walk starts at 11am, with walkers meeting from 10am onwards for registration at the rear of the Tourist Information Centre in Crathie.

The event has a minimum registration fee of £5 to take part.

For further information, visit www.clanhouse.org; contact Val Eveleigh-Ray at val.eveleigh@tesco.net or on (019756) 51709, or contact Linda Drever at thedrevers@btinternet.com; or visit the CLAN Cancer Support Centre in Ballater.