Flem­ing­ton parish­ioners on the run.. for char­ity

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

A group of parish­ioners at a Cam­bus­lang church have been mak­ing tracks lately.

Over a dozen lo­cals from Flem­ing­ton Hall­side Church headed down to Troon to take part in the Troon 10k.

The aim was to raise funds for the church’s youth development project.

And the group of run­ners were lucky enough to land some great weather, too.

The church’s Gil­lian Cahill ex­plained: “It was fan­tas­tic, a re­ally lovely evening.

“Thir­teen run­ners took part, of all ages and abil­i­ties.

“Some of them were part of run­ning clubs ad other are just keen run­ners, and they all did re­ally well on the night.

“We had folk from the con­gre­ga­tion and some of the youths from the youth groups all went to Troon to cheer every­body on, and en­joy the weather.

“At the end of the run they all got their T-shirts from the race or­gan­is­ers.

“I en­joy run­ning but de­cided not to do it my­self, al­though my hus­band did man­age to do it.”

Flem­ing­ton Hall­side min­is­ter Rev Neil Glover added: “It was a great night for both the run­ners and the sup­port­ers - the weather in Troon was just per­fect and were treated to an amaz­ing sun­set on our way home.

“A lot of young peo­ple came along and en­joyed ice-creams dur­ing the race - they then cheered loudly for all the run­ners as they ap­proached the fin­ish line.

“A few of our younger mem­bers took part in the chil­dren’s races - they will be our 10k run­ners of the fu­ture.”

Al­though the church do not have fi­nal num­bers in yet, they al­ready knew they would pull in sev­eral hun­dred pounds from do­na­tions, with more still to come.

The money all goes to­wards en­sur­ing the church’s youth project, and youth worker Alison Kennedy, can con­tinue.

Neil pre­vi­ously told the Re­former how im­por­tant he feels the youth project is to the church’s fu­ture.

Cam­bus­lang has one of the high­est amounts of young peo­ple in the whole of La­nark­shire.

“If they’re in the com­mu­nity we want to sup­port them,” he said.

“Of­ten kids can have chal­lenges go­ing on in their lives and we want to help them on their jour­ney into young adults.

“In the past we’ve had fund­ing from the Church of Scot­land, the Robertson Trust and now we’re look­ing for fund­ing to sus­tain the project.

“A lot of grant fund­ing will fund you for a cer­tain amount of time, but when that ends you have to go else­where, so we have two thirds of the money in place and now we need to find the last third.”

See https://www.just­giv­ing.com/ flem­ing­ton­hall­sidechurch for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the church’s fund-rais­ing.

It was a great night for both the run­ners and the sup­port­ers

Strid­ing out Eleven of the church’s 13 run­ners after com­plet­ing the 10K

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