A Scottish aid worker hopes to become the first woman to run the 95-mile West Highland Way non-stop in midwinter. Caroline McKay (33) will set off from Fort William on Friday 16 December, and aims to reach the end of the route at Milngavie within 24 hours.
Caroline hopes her ground-breaking run will raise at least £2,000 to support young girls in Ethiopia attend school. She works for Edinburgh charity Link Community Development, which provides educational support in sub-Saharan Africa, and has seen first hand the challenges African girls face going to school.
She said: “The run will be tough, I have no doubt about that. I have done it non-stop in the summer, but the winter conditions will be a real challenge, particularly if there is snow and ice. Over the last decade a handful of men have completed the run non-stop in the winter, but if I do it I will be first woman.
“But running 95 miles non-stop in a Scottish winter is nothing compared to the challenges that young girls in Ethiopia face on a daily basis, just to go to school. I recently visited some rural schools in the Wolaita region in Southern Ethiopia. The girls I met there will often risk real danger to get an education. They really inspired me.
You can sponsor Caroline’s Winter West Highland Way at her Virgin Money Giving page.