Runners in West Dunbartonshire will be donning red bunnets on Saturday (4 May) for the Tom Weir 5K Run in Balloch Country Park. The event organised by West Dunbartonshire jogscotland leader Maurice Donohue in conjunction with the Tom Weir Memorial Fund, is part of a campaign to raise £50,000 to build a statue of the late broadcaster, author and climber, Tom Weir.
The run starts at 9:30 am and follows the same route as the weekly Run 'n' Park 5K, taking in iconic views of Loch Lomond, the Walled Garden and Balloch Castle. As well as runners, 'walkers, shufflers, dancers and dogs' are also encouraged to take part.
Best known for his television show Weir's Way, the statue is to honour Tom's contribution to Scotland and its countryside. It is hoped the statue will be built by December 2014 to mark Tom's centenary. In addition to the 5k, the Tom Weir Memorial Fund has recently organised several other fundraising events including a Tom Weir Day at Gartocharn Village Hall - showcasing the winning design and the sculptor of the Tom Weir statue - and a musical evening in Paisley.
For more information, visit the Tom Weir Memorial Fund Facebook page.