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Chef Gordon Muir raised £4,300 for Stop Hunger after walking the 96-mile West Highland Way within six days.
Gordon withstood torrential downpours, the attention of midges and a thigh injury to complete the challenge and smash a £350 fundraising target.
“Having done it before I knew what I was getting myself into,” said Gordon, Sodexo's Head Chef at Perth College UHI. “The slight difference this time was that I was did it by myself. It was much tougher doing it on my own. I did a lot of speaking to myself - and sometimes I spoke back!”
The West Highland Way is a long distance hiking route which runs from Milngavie, north of Glasgow, to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. Each year, approximately 15,000 people complete the route which covers ancient roads and skirts mountain ranges.
During his trek, Gordon met a large number of fellow adventurers from far and wide and came to the aid of a group of women who had lost their bearings and started walking back towards the start.
“It's not often I have six women following me,” he quipped.
Gordon had planned to complete the walk for his 50th birthday, but when he found out about the university's fundraising target for Stop Hunger, he decided to use it as a way of raising money for the cause.
“It was my fourth time (completing the course) in the last six years. It's a very nice way to relax over the summer.”
To further boost the money raising effort, Gordon also auctioned memorabilia from his favourite football team, St. Johnstone, which included signed footballs and team shirts.
“I've probably asked every single person in the college (about sponsorship) and every friend I've got,” he said. “The staff have been very generous as have my family and friends.”
Gordon and Sodexo's kitchen team at Perth College are now busy gearing up for the new academic year.
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