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6 March 2020

Blister Sisters Trekking

Last year, the amazing Blister Sisters Gail Wilkie, Mairi Martin and Rhona McGeoch (above, from left to right) walked the 96-mile West Highland Way to support The Cornerstone Foundation. It was the biggest task they've ever done and while it wasn't easy, they worked together to reach the end - and raised important funds for people we support.

We're delighted to speak to those inspirational women and to find out what inspired them on their big walk.

Rhona

“Me and Mairi wanted to raise £1500 for The Cornerstone Foundation – we actually raised £3777!

We had to train hard. We started with ten-mile walks and later did seventeen and eighteen miles a day, and the week before we had two straight days of long walking!

We made the West Highland Way trek itself a little easier by staying in hotels, so we didn’t have kit to carry.

My parents were our brilliant support team. They stayed in our hotels with us every night and made sure we were all well and able to continue.

Completing a challenge for The Cornerstone Foundation is all about being ready. We had a trick to keeping fit - bottles of Lucozade!

When we were finding it very hard, we drank one of our bottles and had the energy to keep going. 

I wanted to do a challenge for The Cornerstone Foundation when I saw the amazing people they support. I really enjoy meeting those young people and adults and knowing where our support goes. 

When you see the amazing work Cornerstone and The Cornerstone Foundation do for communities across Scotland, you want to help in any way you can."

Mairi

"I did an abseil and zip slide for Cornerstone before, but the West Highland Way was my biggest challenge yet!

My favourite part was working with fellow Blister Sisters, Rhona and Gail, as a team. That kept us going through heavy rain and aching feet.

We had a lot of support from our friends, with some of them joining us on the walk and others phoning or WhatsApping motivational quotes on our group chat. Rhona's parents transported our equipment, which really helped me as I have a sore back.

The hardest part was walking over six days - most people do it over seven – and when we walked 21 miles over eleven and a half hours.

You need to set yourself a training programme that fits around your life including being a senior leader, two children, husband and a board member. Getting the right balance is difficult anyway never mind finding time to fit in the training.

The West Highland Way transformed my life. I hadn't done any walking before, and now I'm the fittest I've been in about 20 years - I've just been on a Yoga Hike in the Lake District which was great.

I was motivated by seeing the amazing people The Cornerstone Foundation support and I've seen how fundraising makes their quality of life better.

The Blister Sisters raised nearly £4,000 so hoping this made a big difference to the people Cornerstone supports."

Feeling inspired to push yourself to your limit? Discover your next fun run, marathon or trek today and do something amazing for people with life-limiting conditions.