Vix Big Walk

In November 2010, while pursuing a successful career in pharmaceutical anti-cancer drug development, Vicky Galbraith found herself diagnosed with a rare cancerous brain tumour. Since then she has undergone major surgery to remove the tumour and had six weeks of combined radiotherapy and chemotherapy. A further six months of intensive chemotherapy lie ahead.  During this period she is organising and participating in a sponsored BIG WALK TO CLINIC from the Isle of Skye where her diagnosis began, to the Beatson Cancer Care Centre at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow, a total distance of 215 miles!

The first section of the journey, from Portree to Fort William, will be undertaken by her father, Alasdair, and Vicky plans to walk the second section herself from Fort William, following the West Highland Way south to Glasgow, some 103 miles! 

It is hoped that many other sponsored walkers will join them at various stages of the walk, especially on the final day from Milngavie to the Beatson.  

DO YOU FANCY JOINING US? 

It doesn’t matter how far or for how long, your support for Vicky would be appreciated. The invitation is open to all.

The dates for this exciting adventure are 16th April to 2nd May 2011.  Details of the route and exact dates are given below.

WHO’S GOING TO BENEFIT?

TO SUPPORT OR DONATE:
Please go to: http://www.justgiving.com.
For postal donations and other ways in which you would like to support please email us: vixbigstuff@hotmail.co.uk

Please note:
The safety and comfort of all participants on VixBigWalk is the walker’s own responsibility.  Walkers should be properly equipped and seek the advice of the doctor if their fitness is in question.  The organisers take no responsibility and cannot be held liable.

           VIXBIGWALK TO CLINIC    
             
SECTION ONE – PORTREE TO FORT WILLIAM –  Including sections of the Highland Drove Walk.
Saturday 16 April – Saturday 23 April 2011      
             
Day Date From To Miles for Running Grade
        Day Total  
1 16.04.11 Portree Sligachan 11 11 **
2 17.04.11 Sligachan Broadford 16 27 ****
3 18.04.11 Broadford Kyle Rhea 11 38 *
4 19.04.11 Glenelg Kinloch Hourn 20 58 ****
5 20.04.11 Kinloch Hourn Tomdoun 16 74 *
6 21.04.11 Tomdoun Laggan Locks 14 88 ***
7 22.04.11 Laggan Locks Gairlochy 13 101 **
8 23.04.11 Gairlochy Fort William 11 112 *
             
SECTION  TWO – FORT WILLIAM TO MILNGAVIE  West Highland Way – North to South
Sunday 24 April – Sunday 1 May  2011        
9 24.04.11 Fort William Kinlochleven 14 126 ***
10 25.04.11 Kinlochleven Kings House Hotel 10 136 ***
11 26.04.11 Kings House Bridge of Orchy 12 148 ***
12 27.04.11 Bridge of Orchy Crianlarich 14 162 **
13 28.04.11 Crianlarich Inverarnan 6 168 **
14 29.04.11 Inverarnan Rowardennan 14 182 **
15 30.04.11 Rowardennan Drymen 15 197 **
16 1.05.11 Drymen Milngavie 12 209 *
             
SECTION THREE – MILNGAVIE TO BEATSON CANCER CARE CENTRE, GARTNAVEL  HOSPITAL.
17 2.05.11 Milngavie Gartnavel Hospital      
      & Maggie’s Centre 6 209 *
             
GRADES – For guidance only.  Please consult the relevant guide books if you are unsure.    
* Easy-peasy… mainly level and on roads or good paths.      
** Easy walking but some undulations and roughish tracks or paths.      
*** Moderate walking on rough paths and tracks with some hills.      
**** Serious walking, sometimes with no paths, with steep climbs in remote situations.  
             

GRADES – For guidance only.  Please consult the relevant guide books if you are unsure.

*  Easy-peasy… mainly level and on roads or good paths. 
**  Easy walking but some undulations and roughish tracks or paths. 
***  Moderate walking on rough paths and tracks with some hills. 
**** Serious walking, sometimes with no paths, with steep climbs in remote situations.
    
RELEVANT GUIDE BOOKS:   
A Long Walk on the Isle of Skye – David Paterson (Peak Publishing) 
The Famous Highland Drove Walk – Irvine Butterfield  (Grey Stone Books) 
The Great Glen Way – Paddy Dillon (Cicerone)  
The West Highland Way – Terry Marsh (Cicerone)  
    
ACCOMMODATION:  
Participants must find and book their own accommodation as required.
We can thoroughly recommend  ‘BESPOKE HIGHLAND TOURS’ who have been incredibly helpful and generous in supporting this event.  Contact them at:   www.highland-tours.co.uk

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