Time to put your best foot forward

Scotland’s rugby players are being urged to put their best foot forward and help their chosen charities.

The Edinburgh leg of the 2018 Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk will finish at BT Murrayfield, the home of Scottish Rugby on Sunday 16 September.

And thanks to the support of philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter, and The Hunter Foundation, an additional 40% will be added to whatever you raise to assist the causes that you care about most.

There are three walks you can tackle: the five miles Wee Wander; the 13 miles Big Stroll; and the 26 miles Mighty Stride.

You can walk with friends and you can nominate any charity, big or small, to receive your support.

You don’t need to be connected to a rugby club to join in the fun but the more members of the rugby community who take part, the better for the charities.

Scottish Rugby is encouraging its own staff and member clubs to sign up.

Dominic McKay, Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are delighted to host the Edinburgh Kiltwalk again and it’s a tremendous opportunity for rugby clubs, their players, volunteers and supporters, to give a welcome boost to charity funds.

“Scottish Rugby has its own charity partners – the Murrayfield Injured Players’ Foundation, the Bill McLaren Foundation; Hearts & Balls, Wooden Spoon, Save the Children and My Name’5 Doddie Foundation – and the work these charities do can be given a real fillip if people decide to support them and sign up for Kiltwalk in their droves.”

Paul Cooney, CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk, said: “We want to be the most powerful fund-raising platform in Scotland for all charities, big and small, to raise significant funds for the people that need it most.

“Since 2015, when Sir Tom Hunter came in to underwrite the Kiltwalk, we have grown from strength to strength. In 2017, the Kiltwalk supported more than 700 charities all over Scotland raising more than £2.67million.”

Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Frank Ross, who will be donning his kilt on the day, said: "This isn't just any charity walk, it's the most Scottish of them all! The Kiltwalk will return to Edinburgh this September and I hope it will be the biggest and most successful yet. I'm calling for everyone to sign up and wear their tartan with pride in the name of their preferred good cause.”

Scotland’s points’ record-holder Chris Paterson said: “It can be a great day out for all the family and you know at the same time that you’re helping folk.”

Chris was joined by Scotland Women players, lock Nicola Howat and scrum-half Sarah Law, and Rosie Strain, Kiltwalk’s Edinburgh Event Manager, to launch this year’s event.

For those living in Tayside, Fife or the north, you also have the option to take part in the Dundee Kiltwalk on Sunday 19 August.

For more information on Kiltwalk including how you can sign up and ensure your charity receives that extra 40% please log on to http://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/