These boots were made for charity walking

Martin and Jennifer (both far right) and their team tackle Ben Lomond in a practice session
Martin and Jennifer (both far right) and their team tackle Ben Lomond in a practice session

A SOUTHSIDE couple are gearing up for a gruelling 54 mile hike in just a day, all in the name of charity.

Martin and Jennifer Murray, from Mount Florida, are part of a team of seven work colleagues taking on the Caledonian Challenge to raise money for Scottish Community Foundation, which funds good causes nationwide.

Jennifer (26) told The Extra: “Martin and I took park in the Maggie’s monster bike and hike recently, as my mum was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away in 2006 — so it felt like something I could connect with.

“A work friend then suggested the walk, and it felt like a good time to sign up for something else — plus we really enjoy the build up to the event, taking day trips out for cycling and having something energetic to do at the weekends”.

The group have been practising by tackling Ben Lomond — sometimes in freezing conditions — and the southsider commented: “That was a real toughy, purely for the fact that it was painfully cold at the top”.

The next step is a weekend trip, with a 20 mile route for each day. She added: “Apparently, if we can do that then we’re good to go for 54 miles in 24 hours”.

The team, named These Boots Were Made For Walking, have a distance to go yet, with a target of £4,000 to reach before the hike on June 16.

To follow their progress or to sponsor the team, visit www.caledonianchallenge.com/teams/Thesebootsaremadeforwalking.