On the road

The Tartan Tourists set off in their very own Barcelona Banger.
The Tartan Tourists set off in their very own Barcelona Banger.

A LANGSIDE college lecturer swapped the classroom for the car this week as he took on a road trip challenge for two cancer charities.

Steven Wilson joined friends Graeme Skelton and Steven Pattison on a challenge called Barcelona Bangers, in which the team had to make it to the Spanish city in four days, travelling in a car worth no more than £250.

The southside lecturer explained: “Graeme was the first to be interested in taking part in a rally at the end of last year and pestered me into the idea.

“Our third team member eventually submitted to the idea at the end of January and our team — aptly named The Tartan Tourists —was complete”.

The group set off on Thursday in an M registration Peugeot 306, kindly donated by Langside colleague Kelly McKinven after its owner, her uncle Alasdair Barbour, passed away unexpectedly.

The Tartan Tourists arrived at their destination on Sunday, and they hope that the challenge will raise as much money as possible for their chosen charities – MacMillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.

Donations have been coming in thick and fast from a number of local companies, some of whom have attached stickers to the banger, and individuals were also able to pay £5 for a coloured ball to decorate the car.

Anyone interested in adding to the total can visit justgiving.com/teams/tartantourists.

Meanwhile, although it wasn’t quite Barcelona, the Edinburgh marathon was seen in with scorching temperatures last week – which didn’t hinder three southside teenagers running for charity.

Former Williamwood high school pupils Elliott Fillingham, Andrew MacLean and Glenn Allan signed up for the challenge in aid of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, as well as the National Autistic Society.

Elliott, from Netherlee and Glenn, from Clarkston, tackled the full marathon on the day, while Giffnock boy Andrew signed up for the half marathon – and together they raised £3,500 for their causes.

Elliott (20) told The Extra: “The race went well. The weather was a bit unbearable at points, and it took a little while to adapt to it in the first few miles.

“We struggled at 16 miles or so and our legs started to go a little bit — but we got there in the end”.

Grant (19) added: “Loads of our friends and families came in support and this prevented Elliott and I from giving up.

“When I reached the final stretch, had I not laughed, I would have cried. It was honestly the best feeling imaginable just to cross the finish line”.

The trio are still accepting sponsor money, and anyone interested can visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Glenn.Andy.Elliott.