Charity adventure for East Lothian rugby president

An East Lothian rugby club president has raised £23,035 for four charities by walking round all six clubs in his county.

Scott Glynn and Linda LawsonScott Glynn, president at Ross High Rugby Club, Tranent, undertook the 57.4 mile walk on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May. He delivered five cheques of £4,607 to representatives from The Bill McLaren Foundation, Hearts & Balls, Erskine, Teenage Cancer Trust  and Cahonas Scotland.

Glynn said: “It was my 50th birthday in January, I’ve been involved in rugby all my life and I know everyone in rugby circles. So the initial idea for the trip was, for my birthday, I’d walk to every club in East Lothian and have a pint at the bar.

“After that my daughter suggested I create a Facebook group and from there I was getting lots of messages from friends saying they’d chum me. So, we developed the idea and decided to raise money for charity and play a game of rugby at every stop.

On day one Scott walked from Ross High to Haddington then to Dunbar and finally to North Berwick. On day two he made his way from North Berwick to Preston Lodge onto Musselburgh and finishing up back at Ross High.

Glynn continued: “For the trip we had a hardcore group of walkers of around 26 and for the Preston Lodge to Musselburgh leg we had 96 walkers join us.

“We started off playing full contact games with 20-minute-halves at the first two clubs, but as we got more tired walking the games turned to touch and the halves shortened. By the time we got to the last club it was like slow-motion rugby.

“The challenge was absolutely brilliant and I’m delighted that every rugby club got behind me. It really brought us all together. We’re already talking about doing it again next year.”

Alan Lawson, Managing Director of the Bill McLaren Foundation, said: “I’m full of admiration for what Scott has achieved, he has a larger-than-life attitude.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t join him on the walk, but he is such a good guy and we are so grateful for his generosity to our charity. Hopefully we will be able to put our share into the grassroots game in East Lothian.”