My Kiltwalk for Children 1st

Tears of joy, blisters, dancing and more!

Children 1st supporter Tracy took on the Kiltwalk to challenge herself and raise vital funds to help support children in Scotland. We caught up with her to hear about training, the best and worst parts of the event and what she’s taken away from it.

Find out more about the Kiltwalk and other events by visiting the events section of our website.

Why did you take on the challenge?

I had been going through a difficult time and wanted to take on a challenge and really push myself by undertaking a series of challenges for Children 1st. The Kiltwalk was one of them.

Why Children 1st?

I chose to support Children 1st as they are a charity close to my heart, having been a volunteer for the Children’s Panel for many years and then subsequently having my own kids. I know first hand how much other children struggle through no fault of their own, so I feel it's an important cause.

Training

I had never done any sports competitively or regularly but I had always considered myself fairly fit. The reality set in quickly! I signed up a lucky few friends to do the Kiltwalk with me in February and so we began our regime. We walked around Strathclyde Park on weekends – meeting each other as often as we could.

The big event

The day dawned - bright, clear and the sun was even trying to peak through!

We made our way to Glasgow Green early that Sunday, full of anticipation, excitement and nerves. When we registered we were buzzing and we took some pics with our Children 1st t-shirts and kilts and made our way to the starting line. There were people of all shapes, sizes, nationalities and genders taking part - not to mention the staggering array of kilts!

We donned our free sunglasses, got the obligatory Instagram frame photo and squished to the front of the warm up pen to make sure we had a great view of Sir Tom Hunter (a long time hero of mine!). He gave a rousing speech - in a kilt of course - and we were off!

Thankfully, the weather was kind to us and we walked, talked, laughed and soaked up the atmosphere all day long. We met some brilliant characters along the way, listened to some real heart breaking but incredibly motivating stories, and enjoyed the continuous supply of food, drink, music and amazing support from all of the volunteers.

What was the toughest part?

The toilet queues looked daunting but the banter always kept us entertained. And the blisters which threatened to pop the last two miles gave me something to think about!

How did you feel at the end?

We enjoyed every minute - and nothing could have prepared us for the amazing sensation of reaching the village at the end. We cried at that point! The burgers we ate were the best we’d ever tasted and the champagne and flip flops we’d sent ahead in our bags were like Manna from heaven.

Just as we were enjoying soaking up the sun the Red Hot Chilli Pipers came on! We danced with strangers and shared our stories - it was an amazing day.

What do you remember most from the day?

The camaraderie and stories which humbled and tore at our hearts along with the amazing volunteers. Most of all, the feeling of absolute accomplishment that we’d actually done it and raised money which would help kids less fortunate than ours.

What would you say to someone who is thinking of doing the Kiltwalk or another event?

If you think you can you’re half way there. You won’t regret a minute!

If Tracy has inspired you to take on a challenge for Children 1st head over to the events section of our website - we'd love to have you on #TeamChildren1st.