Local soldier completes West Highland Way challenge in just the three days

Morgan Gilbert, from Kirriemuir, and his brother in-law John Boyle, from Dundee, are taking a well earned break having recently completed the West Highland Way Challenge.

The gruelling 96-mile route from Milngavie, Glasgow to Fort William takes most runners seven days to finish, but it took Morgan and John under three days.

They set off on Monday, April 23 and finished on Wednesday afternoon, April 25.

Stiff joints proved problematic for Morgan, who had to walk the final day.

He described the run as “tough”, but would not rule out doing it again saying: “Never say never. I don’t think we will ever stop, but we will maybe try something a little different.”

Morgan, who is a soldier currently serving in the British Army in Afghanistan, was raising money for Erskine Hospital, which provides care for over 1300 ex-service personnel every year in Scotland.

Although not all donations have been collected yet, they hope to break the £2000 mark.

Morgan recently visited the hospital to donate chocolates and both men plan to return later for a tour of the facilities, where they will hand over the total amount raised.

Ogilvy Bar, in Kirriemuir, donated £800 to the cause during a weekend of various fund-raising events, including their own version of the challenge, called the ‘Westmuir Way’.

During the fundraising events, Ogilvy also managed to raise £100 for the Kate Simpson Cancer Fund in Bristol, and £150 for DD8 Music.

Tracey Douglas, who organised the events, said:

“I would like to thank all our customers for their support as without them we couldn’t have done it.”