KILTWALKERS from across Helensburgh and Lomond joined around 4,000 participants in raising money for good causes recently.

This year, The Mighty Stride (16.5 miles) left on Sunday morning, September 26 from Glasgow Green and finished in Dumbarton’s Meadow Leisure Centre, while The Wee Wander (3.5 miles) departed from the city centre in the afternoon and finished at the Riverside Museum.

Walkers of all ages and from all over Scotland laced up their boots and marched out for nearly 500 charities of their choice after previous Kiltwalk events planned in 2020 and early 2021 went virtual because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Sir Tom Hunter topped up the hard-earned donations by 50 per cent, to support the many charities which have struggled to fund-raise amid the pandemic.

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Sir Tom said: “When the pandemic hit, Kiltwalk faced uncertainty, like everyone else on the planet, but I listened to the Kiltwalk team saying we need to do something.

“The ability for charities to raise money went down but the need for charities went through the roof – it was the perfect storm.

“The money that is raised here will help people all over Scotland with a wee hand-up, not a hand-out. Over 1,300 Scottish charities this year will be helped by the Kiltwalk. It makes my heart sing.”

More than £6 million was raised through a virtual Kiltwalk in the spring, as 11,500 people took part in local walks.