Raising the Roof!

I’m Running The Edinburgh Virtual Marathon with my son Matt to rebuild the roof of the 14th perthshire scout hut, bridge of earn.

Imagine the scene… a couple of leaders go to the scout hut in the village of Bridge of Earn, near Perth, Scotland to make sure all is OK following a heavy storm. They discover that, due to water ingress, the rear storeroom has taken on the characteristics of a small swimming pool.

Upon further investigation, it was found that years of leakage meant that the whole roof needed replacing. Fearless as ever, the 14th Perthshire commissioned the work, knowing that their ever-resourceful scouts, cubs, beavers and leaders would find a way to pay for the job, and their future activities.

Since our campaign began, we have seen an incredible spirit of generosity, notably with kind gifts from those who benefited from scouting in their younger years. Current cubs and scouts have done bake sales, litter picks and a whole range of good works for their community. They have clearly taken on Baden-Powell’s immortal words: “Try and leave this world a little better than you found it” as they’ve worked.

Training around Loch Ordie. Such a privilege to live and work here.

Cub leader Dan Jones and his son Matt Jones are keen runners, and in 2019, ran the Dublin Marathon together. They had planned to run the Edinburgh Marathon 2020 which was postponed until 2021, only to find that again, this year’s marathon is to be held as a ‘virtual’ event.

Therefore, on the morning of Sunday May 30th, they will run a full marathon in and around Bridge of Earn in aid of the scout hut roof appeal.

A virtual marathon is one where an athlete can run a full 26 miles, 385 yards (or 42.195km) at a time and place of their choosing. Runners must use an accurate GPS device to track themselves, and provide satisfactory evidence of completion to the organisers.

Dan has devised a route making up the full distance in and around Bridge of Earn.

A map showing the route will be posted here SOON! For those who know the area, there will be three stretches. One will be the Pitkeathley Wells loop, another the Dron church loop via Ballmonno Castle and the the third, to Hay House Farm at the end of the Rhynd Road. Loops one and two will be run twice.

Running with my younger son, Sam. He’s too young to do a marathon at the moment, but I can already sense that in a few years time, I’ll be eating his dust!

Here’s a thought with which to leave you: I often hear complaints from my own generation (and if I’m honest, I’ve had a whinge or two as well) about the actions of today’s youngsters; how they know only computers, phones and have little resourcefulness or respect. Scouting is an activity which can directly address, and solve, those complaints. I’ve been blessed to see young people hike, learn, sing, play games, camp, create and serve. If we want to change the world, we must be proactive in showing our children and grandchildren the beauty and power of the things in which we believe. It is action which makes a difference.

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