Last year Ali Nichol and a group of his fellow Wee County fans climbed Ben Nevis and raised nearly £5,000 for the Nairn County FC Supporters Ground Improvements Fund.
In the Westerlea on Tuesday night at the regular monthly fundraisers meeting held by the fans, Ali announced the 2014 Challenge. A team of walkers, including many of the Ben Nevis veterans, are going to tackle the 98 miles of the West Highland Way over 5 days in September.
Discussions during the meeting indicated that it would cost each fan apprx £150 for accommodation along the way but tonight Ali announced on the Fans’ We Believe Facebook page that a base camp has been sourced and the walkers will return to this each night. Ali said “We will be staying in an old farmhouse in Tyndrum near Crianlarich and returning there after each leg of the journey. We have had a very productive week with our deposit paid today for our accommodation. I have also managed to obtain a minibus for the duration of the walk thanks to Ken Finnerty of 24/7 Taxis which also comes with a driver. I’m very pleased with this as we now have a support vehicle throughout the walk.”
Places on the walk were quickly taken up but there is still a chance for anyone wishing to get involved to participate in the final leg of the Challenge. Ali continued: “Although all the five day slots are now full Heather Stevenson from Uncle Bobs has agreed to put on a bus from Nairn for anyone wishing to take part in the final 15 mile leg of the Challenge between Kinlochleven to Fort William which will take place on the 5th of September.”
In addition to the help from 24/7 Taxis, an anonymous donation has also been made to help cover a portion of other logistical costs. Ali would also like to hear from any other businesses or individuals that would like to be associated with this walk, either through sponsorship or donations.
The trek will not end in Fort William however – it will go all the way to Nairn with another group of sports enthusiasts taking over. More details of this will be released in due course once final arrangements have been made.
Sponsorship forms will be available from Uncle Bob’s bar.