Our staff haven’t been sitting around doing nothing recently – Kerrie Jones, Nadine Gerrard and Norah Tod, together with family members, have put all us couch potatoes to shame combining keeping fit with having fun.

Toughest Oslo 2018

When Kerrie Jones, our new Office Manager, was challenged by her Uncle Joe who lives in Norway, to take part in Toughest Oslo, 2018, she jumped at the chance – and of course roped in her husband Garry, sister Sandie, brother in law Mark and cousin Kirstie.

Kerrie and family

The five were joined by Uncle Joe at Holmenkollen, Oslo, one of the most spectacular places in the world to run Toughest. Participants have to run a stunning 8km route undertaking forty grueling obstacles on the way. The obstacles include rope climbing, trampoline jumps into ice cold water, monkey bars, rope swings, hay bale jumps, wall climbing, pyramid nets and finish off with a 150m run up a “very steep” ski slope.

The event took place on 1 September this year with all seven completing the course together and although it was definitely tough it was worth all the effort. Kerrie said “it was a great experience shared with my nearest and dearest, and certainly put my fitness and endurance levels to the test – we will be back!”

A Walk to Remember

Nadine Gerrard and her sister Naomi took part in “A Walk to Remember” in East Lothian on 1 September 2018 to raise money for St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh. The walk started at 9am at Portobello Community Centre and headed along the coastal route to Prestonpans with a pit stop at 7.5miles at the beautiful Cockenzie House. The walk then continued along the Longniddry Bents and finished at Aberlady Community Hall with a much welcomed glass of Prosecco, and of course cake! The girls completed the walk in 4.5 hours and in total walked just over 13.5 miles. They raised just under £200 towards the fabulous work done by St Columba’s Hospice.

Nadine and Naomi

Norah and Ann

Also completing the very same “A Walk to Remember” were Norah Tod from our Tax Group and her sister Ann. They were inspired to take part in the walk in memory of their Dad Adam. The 1 September date is especially poignant for the family as this was their Dad’s birthday and appropriately enough he was also a keen walker. Having walked in the St Columba’s annual “A Walk to Remember” along the Water of Leith earlier in the year, the pair enjoyed taking part in their first venture on the East Lothian route. The sun was shining and the views across the Forth were stunning. Norah and Ann also appreciated the lemon drizzle cake and Prosecco at the end of the walk. Norah said they “were delighted to raise around £250 for such a worthwhile cause as St Columba’s and had such a lovely time doing it.”