Saturday 2nd September was a 'dreich' Scottish day, in stark contrast to the exceptional summer we have enjoyed this year. It was a day, however, when thirty-five family, friends and colleagues of the late Stuart McDonald undertook a hill walk on Arran in his memory.
The atmosphere within the group was excellent as it set out from Ardrossan pier at 7.00 am. The party embarked on the climb of Goatfell at 8.30 am, starting from Corrie. It was never intended to be a race but the fitness of Mr Richardson shone through the mist and, with two more youthful members of the party, he reached the summit some considerable time ahead of the main party. Special mention ought to be made of the two Arran blondes (Ann and Carol) who set a very strong pace and were the first women on the day to reach both the top of Goatfell and the coffee shop at the bottom. All the party - including Bonnie, Stuart's dog - managed to complete the climb despite the windy, wet conditions and the poor visibility.
Stuart has been very sadly missed in and around Kilmarnock Academy but this outing in his memory was very well supported and enjoyed by all.
Report by Mr Partridge