24 Sep

One Great Push

Sara Jeanne Gulley and Anton Aitken

Almost 400 people headed to the Pentland Hills in Edinburgh on Sunday (22 September) to take part in the second St Columba's Hospice Great Pentlands Push. The event helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the rebuild of St Columba's Hospice which provides palliative care for those suffering from advanced stage illnesses.

Edinburgh native, Anton Aitken, was first over the line completing the 24.5 mile Gold Route in 4 hours 40 minutes with Sara Jeanne Gulley, also from Edinburgh, first to complete the 18 mile Silver Route in 6 hours. Luke Robertson completed the 13 mile Bronze Route in 3 hours.

Ian Philp and his wife Gillian took part in the Gold Route, as part of their own campaign to complete four major challenges during the year in support of St Columba's Hospice, in memory of Ian's first wife Marjory Cameron. Ian said: "We are undertaking four physical challenges for St Columba's Hospice because they are amazing people who do wonderful work."

Lesley Christie, fundraising director, St Columba's Hospice, said: "It was wonderful to see so many participants and supporters in the Pentlands today."

David Fox Pitt, director of WildFox Events, commented: "This event will provide a legacy for many years to come, giving much needed support for the wonderful work that St Columba's Hospice does for the community in Edinburgh and the Lothians and we are delighted to be part of that legacy."

There is an 'Early Bird' discount for anyone who signs up now for next year's Great Pentlands Push to be held on 20 September 2014. For more info check out the event website.