Going the Whole Hog at Balfron

Glenside Farm Balfron. Start of Marie Curie Hog Race. Picture Alan Murray 21-05-11
Glenside Farm Balfron. Start of Marie Curie Hog Race. Picture Alan Murray 21-05-11

OVER 115 brave souls pitched their strength and stamina against wind and rain to raise over £25,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care last Saturday in the Whole Hog Challenge at Glenside Farm, Balfron.

Despite the horrendous weather conditions, competitors scrambled up Dumgoyne, jogged over heather, climbed waterfalls, crawled through ditches, and plunged into the river, completing the 12km course smiling, wet and muddy.

For the second year running Marie Curie Dunbartonshire patron Fenella Taylor and her team mates, Elizabeth McQuillan and Sarah Guy were the winning ladies’ team, while Elizabeth’s husband John and his team, The Capitalist Pigs, were the winning men’s team.

But the real winners are the local Marie Curie nurses – funds raised from The Whole Hog will go towards funding nurses in the west of Scotland.

Every £20 raised provides one hour of nursing care in a patient’s home and every £180 covers a whole night’s care.

Fenella Taylor said: “The weather certainly made it tough at times but just when you felt tired and wet the thought that you were helping people who are not in a position to tackle any such challenge certainly made you keep going.

“We all have friends or families affected by cancer and this event is a good way of raising funds while challenging your own physical strength.

“I hope that the funds raised will allow more terminally ill people in the area to be cared for at home by Marie Curie nurses.”

Lorna McGarry, nursing ambassador and face of the Lanarkshire Nursing Appeal, competed for the second year. She said: “I do crazy things like The Whole Hog not just to help raise much needed funds for the charity, but because, unlike my palliative patients and their families, I still can.”

Robbie McIntosh, Marie Curie Cancer Care events manager for Scotland, added: “Thanks to the generosity of Alan Cuthbert, who has once again donated Glenside Farm, and the experience of 8.2 events owner Ian Loombe, an ex-Marine who designed the Whole Hog race course, the event was a huge success.

“We couldn’t have done the event without the help from many volunteer stewards, Loch Lomond Mountain Rescue Team and The British Red Cross ambulance crew who gave unfailing support and encouragement to all the participants.”

If you would like to donate to Marie Curie Whole Hog event go to www.justgiving.com/greetin-jessies.