Dundee’s Kiltwalk is set for its biggest year yet — with all the signs pointing towards a record number of walkers for 2018.
Paul Cooney, chief executive of the Kiltwalk, said the number of sign-ups was close to 2,000 with four weeks to go until the big day — almost the same number of people who took part last year.
He met up with members of the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board and Dundee United midfielder Scott Allardice to launch the new start point of the five-mile Wee Wander.
It’s one of three routes walkers can choose to complete, and follows the banks of the Tay from the refreshed urban art space underneath the road bridge to Monifieth.
All three walks take place on Sunday August 19 — with the start points at the Tay Road Bridge, Tayport and St Andrews — and any registered charity can be supported.
At the end of the Kiltwalk, all funds raised are given a massive 40% boost by the Hunter Foundation, run by philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter.
The Kiltwalk takes no cut of the cash raised — instead funding the events through registration fees, which means every penny raised goes direct to good causes.
Paul said: “Dundee has been brilliant with us. This year, we’re closing in on 2,000 people with four weeks to go, and last year we had 2,000 people taking part.
“It’s a brilliant way of raising money for your chosen charity. We’re very lucky to have Sir Tom Hunter supporting us, boosting your fund by 40%.
“It’s a great way of raising un-restricted funds for local charities.
“People still ask what causes they can support and the answer is simply any registered charity — and they will all get the 40%.
“There’s still time to sign up but if you’re thinking of doing the 25-mile walk, I’d start training now.”
The Tele is continuing backing Dundee’s Kiltwalk as a great way of raising money for good causes across Tayside — a fact that has not gone unnoticed.
Paul added: “I have to thank the Evening Telegraph and its readers for their support.
“It’s made such a difference for us and I can’t overstate the importance of DC Thomson, and the Evening Telegraph especially, to what we do here in Dundee.”
United star Scott added: “It’s all for a good cause and it’s not every day you can say you’ve been for a walk of up to 25 miles. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for everyone that we get good weather.”
As part of its partnership with the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board, the Kiltwalk team devised a road bridge ‘takeover’.
Bridge staff have hung flags and banners promoting the Kiltwalk along the length of the crossing.
Bridge manager Alan Hutchison said: “With the new space available to all the people of Dundee and the wider community it made sense to lend it to the Kiltwalk.”
West End Liberal Democrat councillor and joint board member Fraser Macpherson said: “We’re all very supportive of the Kiltwalk and all the funds it raises for charities across Scotland.
“It’s great to see the bridge staff taking such a proactive approach to getting involved and it’s fantastic that there’s such great support for it here in Dundee.”
There’s still time to sign up for Dundee’s Kiltwalk — go online to thekiltwalk.co.uk to find out more.