March Of The Highlander
Tune in every night after 7.00pm to listen to Caithness FM speak to Jimmy
for a progress report
DAY 6 - 22 July
After a short stroll from Tore into Inverness, (along the hard
shoulder of the A( because they couldn't find any other route!) Jimmy met
with volunteers from the Highland Hospice shop before walking over to the
Hospice itself where a small reception had been laid on for him - complete
with a cake! He also got to meet some of the patients and staff from the
Hospice and was delighted with the support from them all. While he's glad
that the walk is all but over, Jimmy has enjoyed the experience especially
meeting so many people along the way. The support he has received has been
tremendous, Hospice volunteers even provided accommodation along the route
- each volunteer having their own story to tell as to why they work to
support the Hospice - each with their own loss. Jimmy would like to thank
everyone who has sponsored him and supported his efforts. Tomorrow sees
the final leg when he'll be joined by the rest of his family to lead the
annual March of the Highlanders from Culloden to Inverness.
Thank you to everyone.
Day 5 - 21 July
Almost there. Started off this morning from mid-way between Kildarry and
Alness. Beautiful day, no problems with the weather or the traffic.
Drivers being most considerate. Jimmy's aim was to walk to the Inverness
side of the Black Isle bridge, however he was doing so well that he kept
going and finished for the day at the Tore roundabout leaving him just 7
miles to finish his walk to Inverness tomorrow. Jimmy's spirits are high
and he's really looking forward to reaching Inverness where he will visit
the hospice shop and gather some supporters for a walk around the city
centre collecting donations before heading for the hospice itself where he
will meet staff and patients in the afternoon. He's had lots of support
from his support van with Joanna and Graham Geddes looking after him well.
Hospice volunteers have provided accommodation en route and everyone has
been very welcoming. On saturday morning buses will be running from the
council car park at Eden court out to the start of the official March of
the Highlanders at Culloden - people can just enter on the day so there is
still plenty of time
if anyone fancies taking part.
Day 4 - 20 July
A good day today with the weather improving rapidly. Jimmy had a
slight detour today and walked into Tain to visit the Highland Hospice
Shop where he was made most welcome. He's actually getting ahead of his
planned times now, finishing tonight mid way between Kildary and Alness
leaving only 26 miles to Inverness to be covered in 2 days. The pressure
is now off and he is confident that , barring any unforeseen accidents, he
will complete this march. He has admitted that he has found the experience
a lot harder than he anticipated but continues to be cheered by the
response he is receiving from passers by. He will not, however, be
volunteering to walk home!
Day 3 - 19 July
Weather was miserable, fortunately Jimmy had kitted himself out with a
plastic poncho which thankfully keeps the kilt dry. Starting out from
Helmsdale, he made good time today and finished his walk around 4pm at the
mound. Although the walk itself was easier than the previous day, he's
finding it hard going walking on stretches of the A9 where there are a lot
of potholes and rough patches on the roads. He continues to attract a lot
of attention and has become a "tourist attraction" with coach drivers
pointing him out to visitors. The public are being extremely supportive
and most drivers are being very considerate. Jimmy tells us that the feet
are doing not to bad at all and he's feeling fine.
Jimmy started off at 9.00am and got as far as Helmsdale by 4.30pm -
given that this walk included both Berriedale and Dunbeath that's quite a
walk! Wet weather in the morning made it a bit miserable but the day
improved and he continued to get great support from passers by - raising
another £80 as he walked.
Day One - All Going Well After Day One
After the 1st days walking, Jimmy finished at the poor
house on the Causeymire - just 3 miles from the end of the road. Only
problem today was the weather and the fly's it brought with it. Many
people tooting and waving when passing and some even stopping to have a
photograph taken with him as well as putting money in his tin. Most
drivers being very considerate.
17 July 05
Local man Jimmy Findlay leaving Thurso this morning to walk to Inverness
via Culloden. He hopes to walk around 20 miles a day in full Highland
dress, arriving in Culloden on Friday to lead the annual March of the
Highlanders into the Inverness Highland Games on Saturday 23 July. Over
the last few years Jimmy and his family have raised several thousand
pounds for the Highland Hospice by taking part in the annual March, this
year he though he'd go a bit further and start off in Thurso. Jimmy lost a
sister to cancer some years ago and was impressed by the care she received
through the Highland Hospice and felt that he'd like to do something in
return. If anyone would like to sponsor Jimmy, forms are still available
in the Hospice shops in Thurso and Wick. If you happen to pass him on the
road give him a wave or even better stop and put some money in the tin!.
He will be accompanied on his journey by Hospice shop Manager Joanna
Geddes and her husband who will be driving the Hospice van.