Clan Thistle 2021

Five Thistle colleagues are taking on Virtual Kiltwalk Challenges to raise much needed funds for Thistle. If you'd like to support them you can do so on their JustGiving pages.

Ross Grieve, Thistle’s Health and Wellbeing Manager is running a backyard ultramarathon in Glentress.

Many of you will know Ross Grieve, our health and wellbeing manager.  Fewer of you will know that Ross has a passion for distance running. 

“I run every day because I enjoy the feeling, especially when I’m out on trails away from the business of everyday life.

I’m going to run a four-mile loop in Glentress forest near Peebles, leaving on the hour every hour for as long as I can starting at 3pm on Friday. I’m going to try to use the skills I’ve learned from people I support to help get me through this weekend. I don’t know how far I’ll get but I’d love to stay moving over two nights, finishing on Sunday morning, so around 36 hours. This will give me a distance of approximately 140 miles.”

Ross’ JustGiving page is



Clare Stephen, our Senior Communications Officer, is hiking the Pentland Skyline with a route across 17 of the Pentland Hills.

“Throughout lockdown I’ve been meeting friends on Friday nights for hikes and runs over our local hills. It’s been a highlight during some otherwise really monotonous weeks.

We’ve been getting a bit bored with the same routes and the Kiltwalk gave us a great excuse to do something different and while raising funds for Thistle."

Clare’s JustGiving page is



Dawn MacNeil, Thistle’s Finance Manager, is walking a full Kiltwalk marathon over the course of the weekend.

This is Dawn’s second time Kiltwalking for Thistle, last time Dawn did the 13 mile ‘Big Stroll’ and this year she’s doing double and planning a route taking in Edinburgh's 7 hills!

“Last time I did the Kiltwalk event we had sun, rain and wind, but the atmosphere of the event got us through. I walked with Gail Begg and Sharon Hauxwell and our blethering helped us all keep going, as well as the event snack stops, silent disco, fellow walkers, and members of the public cheering us on.  So for the Virtual Kiltwalk I’d love it if as many colleagues as possible can join me, either remotely on the phone, or in person if that’s possible for part of the 26 miles, for however much of that they can manage.  Really grateful that, so far, I have had offers from Aileen Gallacher (remotely), and Kieran MacNeil and Gillian Wright (both in person). 

Please get in touch with me by email or on Teams if you would like to walk with me for some of it and help to keep me motivated.”

Dawn’s JustGiving page is


Janette Harvey, our Facilities Manager, and her friends are doing a ‘burlesque Kiltwalk’ on Saturday 24th April.

 “Outside of work I’m part of a burlesque troop and we’ve all stayed in touch throughout the lockdown. For our Virtual Kiltwalk ‘the Sassettes’ will be walking, shimmying and giggling our way from Leith Links to Portobello beach and back again!

If you'd like to join us please get in touch - bring a boa, gloves, sparkle or just a smile - and let's raise some funds for Thistle!”

 Janette’s JustGiving page is



Sandra McKenzie, Midlothian Wellbeing Lead Practitioner, is joining Ross for two of his laps in Glentress.

"I’m doing the Kiltwalk for Thistle Foundation, aiming to run for 8 miles alongside Ross Grieve.

I’ve been training for a couple of months now and I can now run for 6 miles on the flat, so its going to be a challenge for me to aim to run for 8 miles on Glentress’s uppy and downy circuit. Hopefully I can keep Ross company for a tiny wee bit of his EPIC challenge."

Sandra's JustGiving page is 

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