20 May 2013

Around Britain Challenge in Glenelg with Mark Newton

An interesting few days last weekend. Glenelg was part of the route involving an Around Britain Challenge being attempted by Mark Newton, a disabled veteran riding round the coast on his mobility scooter raising money for Help4Heroes, SSAFA Forces Help, Royal British Legion, RNLI and his old Regiment, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards benevolent fund. Five weeks in, with 60 weeks still go (yes that’s well over a year!!) he sleeps in the small trailer he pulls behind his electric scooter. One and a half years in the planning (he has already done Round Wales in 2011), thousands of emails etc, etc. It’s hard to conceive the work, time and effort it takes one person to organize something like this let alone have the bottle to go ahead with it.
Coming over the Mam Ratagan Pass to Glenelg was always going to be a major day and on the real steep bits it involved getting out and walking alongside the outfit, something that is not easy and causes a lot of pain for Mark. Needless to say he managed it (with a very hot and smelly electric motor at the top!).
A lot of the people in Glenelg (and visitors too) have chipped in with donations. We held a quiz night in the Community hall with some great prizes donated by local and not so local companies and another quiz at the Glenelg Inn managing to raise £687 which Mark was really chuffed with. Even our own visitors to the Lodge this week (David and Jill) had a whip round in their local before coming on holiday here and handed him £50 when they arrived. When he left Glenelg the charities were £800 better off which is brilliant!!
Mark is extremely keen on wildlife and was rewarded with his first sighting of a "wild" Pine Marten (eating digestive biscuits at our cottage!). Another highlight was a trip over and back on the Skye Ferry where the crew treated him like royalty.
Yesterday he headed back over the hill and on to Dornie thereafter onto Skye, then by ferry to the Outer Hebrides. A lovely guy who deserves all the money he manages to raise and fingers crossed will get to complete his challenge. Give him a wave (and a donation) if you see him passing by.

When the going gets tough, get out and walk!

Mam Ratagan pass, first viewpoint, getting interest (and donations!)

Onward and upward!

Cooling down a very hot man and motor - the views make up for the pain.

Mark onboard with the Skye Ferry crew

Sheila Condie of the Glenelg Inn presents Mark with a chequee for £687 on behalf of the Glenelg Quiz and bar crew

Heading off on a sunny Glenelg Sunday morning - chin up and best of luck bud!
You can follow or donate to Mark Newtons Around Britain Challenge at www.aroundbritain.org.uk