Sun shines on Arran as Challengers tackle homelessness

Climbing up Goatfell on Arran for Glasgow City Mission

The sun shone on Arran on Saturday as almost 70 cyclists and walkers set out to conquer the island and raise thousands of pounds to tackle homelessness in Glasgow. 

The Big Arran Challenge, now in its fifth year, saw participants choose from a range of hiking and cycling challenges: climb 2,866 feet to the top of Goatfell, cycle 42, 57 or 75 miles around Arran, or for the brave, choose to hike and cycle!

Smiling for the camera at sunny LochranzaChallengers came in all shapes and sizes, young and old, serious athletes and complete beginners, office teams, church groups, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons; even some Glasgow City Mission staff, volunteers and guests. 

They were well supported by a team of volunteers who cooked, manned watering stations, drove support vehicles and others who enabled the day to go so smoothly. 

Goatfell hiker Julie Bailie said "I think some of the hard work and effort we've put in is nothing compared to what some of the homeless have to do on a daily basis; they're struggle goes on for too long. We're glad to help". 

Cyclists Jude and Noreen said: "We've really enjoyed it, great weather, good pit stops along the way, great snacks and met some great people and raised some money for a really good cause and we'll definitely be back next year". 

Graham Steven, Partnerships & Communications Manager said: "The day was another fantastic success and I am so grateful to all who took part and all who sponsored them, and to our brilliant support crew. It's because of amazing people such as these that the work of Glasgow City Mission can take place". 

To date, more than £11,000 has been raised to provide lifeline support services at Glasgow City Mission to tackle homelessness, poverty and social isolation with sponsor money still coming in. 

> Photos from the day are available in our facebook album

> Find out more about fundraising for Glasgow City Mission, or make a donation

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