I'm often asked why I choose to walk across Scotland every year on the TGO Challenge. I believe the following pictures answer that question admirably.
It's the Challengers themselves that make this walk so incredibly fulfilling. You can walk across Scotland any time you fancy, and you will meet some lovely people. But it's in the middle weeks of May that you'll bump into the most amazing bunch.
You can click on the group pictures to make them much larger, but should you want the original full strength horror of an individual photo, just leave a comment I'll get them to you.
I've nicked a few of the pictures, towards the end of the bunch, from other folk, but you'll notice that they get a credit (well, sort of) beneath each picture.
The first four pictures are taken at Tarfside, an established watering hole for the Challenge. The local Masons open up their hall (right opposite the village sports field, where Challengers are allowed to camp for the night) and can rehydrate to their hearts' content at splendidly low prices.
The remaining five pictures are from the Thursday evening dinner at the Park Hotel in Montrose.
I only wish the night had gone on longer as I missed meeting so many Challengers. Well, there's always next year.
Some Challengers seem to have run around the back of the photo and appear a few times. There should be a cull I suppose, but I have already weeded out the truly dreadful pictures and the ones left are as good as they get. Honestly. You do look like that.
Some of the folk in these pictures won't be back, so if that's you, thank you. Thank you for making the event as wonderful as it can possibly be. And for those of you that are coming back for more? I'll see you next time, possibly on some midge infested bog in the pouring rain, with your socks lying in your tent, sullen lumps of cold sodden felt, infused with pounds of mud.
And below are two pictures that Ian Cotterill kindly provided - those having just completed their tenth and twentieth crossings. Thanks Ian.
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So. There you go. Zillions of Wonderful Challengers!