On the 15th of September, Robert Struthers, who is a Corrugator Operator on the Larkhall Nightshift, successfully completed a walk up Ben Nevis in aid of the Marie Curie Charity.
Robert has always wanted to climb Ben Nevis, after previously climbing several other large mountains, so when the opportunity arose, he took it. Marie Curie has always been a special charity for Robert’s family, so it was the easy choice when deciding which charity he wanted to contribute to.
The walk up the highest mountain in the UK is 4,411 feet and started at 7am following a briefing from the organisers of the event. Robert was taking part with his brother-in-law Keith, whose wife Elaine, works in Customer Services at Larkhall.
Elaine and her son Aidan were there to support the two of them, together with Robert’s fiancée Clare. They had travelled to Fort William on the Saturday, when the weather conditions were atrocious and they were beginning to doubt if the event would go ahead. Luckily however, the heavy rain had gone by Sunday morning and they were able to do the climb in dry weather.
Robert explains how he felt the climb went: “The event was very well organised, with three check points set out on the mountain. We started at 7am and completed the walk by 11.45am, which was a triumphant success for us both. I had recorded my walking distance as 17.3 kilometres, taken 25,474 steps and climbed the equivalent of 397 floors. It was exhausting but I enjoyed every moment.”
Robert managed to raise £1,223, which was then matched by the W & R Barnett Ltd Matching Scheme, so a fantastic total amount of £2,446 was raised for Marie Curie.
Next year Robert hopes to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon, having previously completed a Half Marathon.