Kirk official in epic mountain trek for charity

A Church of Scotland official has successfully completed a gruelling 45-mile mountain peak challenge to raise money for people in disadvantaged communities.

Andrew Tomlinson

Andrew Tomlinson, associate secretary of the Church and Society Council, finished the mammoth task, which saw him tackling 10 mountains in the Lake District National Park and ascending to 5,600m, in 16 hours.

The 28-year-old ran the course with his friend Dominic Arnold on Saturday to raise money for a charity called the GK Experience which works with young people from some of Scotland's most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

The organisation, which has received funding from the Kirk’s GoForIt fund, uses locally based initiatives and outdoor residential visits to build relationships, encourage resilience, nurture leadership and help the young people involved live their lives to the full.

Truly humbled

Andrew Tomlinson
Andrew, 28, tackling 10 mountains in the Lake District National Park.

Mr Tomlinson, who set off from the foot of Helvellyn at 4am on Saturday morning and finished in 21st place out of 199 entrants, although only 67 people completed the race, said he was delighted to have completed the challenge.

He revealed that his legs were very sore and felt like he was learning to walk again.

Mr Tomlinson, who works in the church offices in Edinburgh, said: “That was one of the hardest and most foolhardy things I have ever done.

“My legs will take a bit of time to recover but I am truly humbled by all the support and well wishes that I have received.”

Mr Tomlinson said he had raised £820 so far against an £500 target and would be “really pleased” if he could increase the figure to £1,000.

“People have been incredibly kind with their donations and I have been blown away and humbled by the money raised,” he added.

“The GK Experience works with some incredible young people and putting one foot in front of the other for 45 miles is just a small way of thanking them for the work they do.”

To sponsor Mr Tomlinson visit his crowd funding page