The training has been done, the forecast is looking good and the individuals who will be leading the teams on the thirteen mile route from the Pentlands to the top of Arthur’s Seat are beginning to get excited.
This will be the first time that Archie Ferguson, who uses Capability Scotland’s Junction 52 service in Glasgow, has ever done anything like this. Like the other team leaders, Archie will use a special all-terrain wheelchair to take part in the event.
Archie said: “I wanted to raise money for my Capability Scotland service, Junction 52. One day I came in and Sean, the Service Manager, said ‘I’ve got just the challenge for you’. When he told me about the challenge I thought ‘wow, this is going to be hard’! The challenge will be something new for me. I’ve never done anything like this before. Sean will be coming with me and some other members of staff. I am looking forward to raising money for something that is needed at Junction 52 that will help other people here.”
It will also be a first for Anne Sutherland, who uses Capability Scotland’s Community Living Service in Dundee. Anne is also looking forward to taking on the challenge. She said:
“It feels great, I am very excited as have never done anything like this before, I can’t wait”.
Thomas Richardson who uses Capability Scotland’s New Trinity Service in Edinburgh is becoming a bit of a seasoned pro as this will be his second year taking part in the event. Thomas doesn’t use verbal communication but his support worker Grant Duff said: “When Thomas saw his mountain wheelchair he had the biggest smile on his face!”
Best of luck to all the team leaders and teams on Saturday, watch this space to find out how they got on.