Flemington parishioners on the run.. for charity
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