Gearing up for epic road trip across Scotland

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A 70-year-old granny from

Killearn has pledged to help her son and his friend undertake a record breaking epic trip this summer.

Christobel Fallon will transport the duo’s gear while they complete the journey in July across the length of Scotland, from Solway Firth to the Pentland Firth.

Her son, Sean, and his pal Darren Burns, both PE teachers, decided to take on this gruelling challenge which will combine walking, cycling their bikes and paddling in kayaks to celebrate their 40th birthdays and raise cash for good causes at the same time.

They will be following a perpendicular line across Scotland to avoid large mountains along the way.

They will swim a reservoir at one point and cross the Moray Firth from Findhorn (about 44km) when they will be able to stop on the island of Tarbat Ness. They will also cross the Clyde and the Forth.

The money they raise will go to the RNLI, Woodlands School in Currie for an all weather pitch and St Andrews Hospice in the borders.

Her nine year-old grandson Cameron Fallon, a pupil at Buckstone Primary School in Edinburgh, is going to help her along the way.

Christobel said: “I think the navigation and time management will be the most tricky thing for Cammie and I.

“Some of the wee roads and rendezvous spots will need careful instruction from the team each night so we can be in the right place at the right time.

“There will also be the catering side of things in the back of the van but I expect we will manage that.

“Then we have to arrange accommodation for the team, mostly with friends and relatives along the way but undoubtedly it will also involve myself and Cammie having to put up tents and van awnings etc.

“I’m hoping that there will be time for us to have fun and relax as well during the journey in parts of Scotland that none of us knows well.

“Scotland is such a beautiful country and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to explore it and see some wonderful sights.”

Christobel lives life to the full after recovering from breast cancer and serious spinal injuries after she was involved in a car crash.

She added: “Thanks to the excellent care I received I’m much better now and I’m very aware how fortunate I am to be able to get up and do this trip for very good causes.”

To donate go to www.justgiving.com/Gridlocked or send a cheque payable to ‘Friends of Woodlands School’ to 36 Dolphin Avenue, Edinburgh, EH14 5RD.