Crathie clergy tackles parish boundary trek

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The minister of Crathie Kirk and the Balmoral Estate Factor are undertaking a trek round the parish boundaries this week in aid of charity.

The boundary walk is no mean feat as the pair will cover over 100 miles, taking in four of Scotland’s highest hills along the way.

The Revd Ken MacKenzie and Richard Glebson set out on their advenure on Sunday June 8 and hope to cover the distance in just six days, carrying with them all their equipment.

Revd MacKenzie said: “Initially we (well Richard) thought we should simply do the walk “for fun”, but as people got to hear of it they suggested we might do something for charity.”

The men will be making the journey to raise funds for local charity the River Dee Trust and Blythswood’s TK2, an educational project in Romania, which Revd MacKenzie has supported for ten years.

Richard Glebson recently took on the Chairmanship of the River Dee Trust.

For Ken, as the minister of the parish, this challenge is a long held ambition. For Richard it is a chance to walk round the upper catchment of the river.

The Parish of Braemar and Crathie is one of the largest and most mountainous in Scotland, and in some places, especially in the high corries, it may not be safe to walk exactly on the boundary line.

The route includes 17 Munros and over the six days the pair will climb in excess of 9,000m - in other words up and down Everest from sea level.

If you would like to offer some financial support please log on to Virgin Money Giving and when you see the ‘Sponsor your Friend’ prompt, type in ‘Richard Gledson’, and you will be directed to the ‘Richard and Ken’ page.