Sunday, May 17, 2009

Walking for charity

I started my new job as car park attendant today! Actually it was the occasion of the Lockerbie and District Rotary Club walk, and all the members had jobs to do. The way it works is this. The Club organises the event, and looks after things like risk assessment, stewarding the route, recording the results and issuing completion certificates, and groups or individuals come and walk for fun, or to raise money for their own charities.

I was there (early Sunday morning) to open the field to be used as the car park, adjacent to the Lockerbie Manor Hotel.

On duty, as the day started fine and sunny. (Pic courtesy of fellow Rotarian Alan Hanlin)

Such responsibility! But no-one got stuck, and everyone's car was still there when they finished their walk.

One of the largest groups of walkers was that raising money for the Eastriggs and Dornock Playgroup.

Walkers could chose to do a half marathon, or a short four mile walk, on quiet roads around Lockerbie.

Stepping out in style!

This is the Lockerbie Manor Hotel.

The best deal was the treasure hunt for the little ones, which took them up through the bluebell woods behind the hotel. (Thanks to Ian Mackin for advice on how to photograph bluebells, after my previous pathetic effort!)

It got quite lonely when the walkers were doing their thing. But I took the opportunity to introduce myself to the animals in the adjacent fields!

We became good friends.

All together now, "Awwww!"

Mike was the first walker home on the big walk in three hours and eight minutes. Other groups were not far behind. Two Emmas here - Howatson and Ferguson - were walking in aid of Mid Annandale Playcare.

Bob's charity of the day. This group were raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. You can donate to this charity here. That's their completion certificates they are holding.... and Bob. (Alan Hanlin's pic again)

They were counted out, and were counted back in. Here is the Lanterne Rouge!

The rear of the group was marshalled, and swept up as required by Ving Thomson, 'Yours eventually' - V&M Thomson, Funeral Directors, Lockerbie.

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