Franz Ferdinand star joins second Mull of Galloway Challenge

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The latest fundraising event organised by the Stranraer Committee of Macmillan Cancer Support, and for the second year in succession, took place last Saturday when over 65 intrepid walkers took part in the second Macmillan Mull of Galloway Trail Challenge - including one particular well-known face.

Bass player from Glasgow-based band Franz Ferdinand, Bob Hardy, returned to his childhood holiday destination with his partner to take part in the charity event along with 70 others having just finished a gruelling European and American tour.

The Milby family and Anne Bell

The Milby family and Anne Bell

The 24-mile Mull of Galloway Trail, which opened in August 2012, comprises paths and trails with only a short section of walking on roads and passes through agricultural land and woods with some excellent views.

After completing the walk Bob said: “This was an opportunity too good to miss, not only to have a relaxing walk along the shores of Luce Bay, but also to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support a charity very much near and dear to my heart. After the tour of Europe and the USA, it is great to be back on the Mull of Galloway a place where I spent many happy days as a child on holiday with my mum and dad.”

Of the 70 walkers, 16 set off from Stranraer to cover and completed the full 24 miles and for Tom Stevenson, a member of Stranraer Rotary Club who was instrumental in the planning of the path, and Dr. Gordon Baird, this was their second year in succession taking up the challenge.

Although it was not a race, but more a gentle stroll, the one of the leading groups were family team Alison Milby, daughters Kerry and Gemma and friend Anne Bell. The Milby family also are no strangers to the coastal walk as they too took part last year. They were the second group to arrive at the Mull while the group to finish first were Irene Kennedy and Angela Bell (Rona Ibbetson and the two dogs Mac and Jock finished at Drummore).

Bob with partner Nicola ready to set off

Bob with partner Nicola ready to set off

If walking 24 miles is not for you, and you would like to help in raising money in sponsorship for Macmillan Cancer Support, then the next Stranraer Committee fundraising event will be the Scream it out for Cancer Macmillan Cancer Support zip wire to be held at Lagan Outdoor, Gatehouse of fleet on Saturday 30th August. This is a joint venture between the Gatehouse of Fleet Macmillan Cancer Support Committee and the Stranraer Committee. This to be held, by kind permission of Lagan Outdoor between 9am and 5pm and costs £20 to cover Macmillan administration costs and each participant is asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. See www.screamitoutforcancer.co.uk. Registration forms can also be downloaded from this site and sent to Patricia Picken of the Gate House of Fleet Macmillan Committee, whose address appears on the registration form.