Cancer Research reaps reward of Ally K’s Skye challenge

Skyeman Ally K Macpherson’s gruelling 130-mile, 35-hour run around his native island has helped  raise almost £32,000 for charity.

Donations poured in from near and far in recognition of the energy-sapping feat which, despite some horrendous weather conditions, Ally completed on the 12th of April.

A cheque for the grand total of £31,545 was handed over to Richard Cowie from Cancer Research UK at an event to celebrate the challenge in Portree’s Royal Hotel last Saturday night.

Around 100 guests gathered for Saturday’s celebration, which heard contributions from speakers  Pauline Walker, Fiona Rennie, Donnie Nicolson and Thomas Wilson. A premiere of the official event documentary was shown, and the evening closed with a ceilidh to the Cast Ewe Ceilidh Band.

As well as the funds taken during the run, a further £1,300 was raised for Cancer Research UK at the event night.

“Ally K runs Skye” was followed by some 3,000 people on social media, and scores of wellwishers lined the route to offer support and encouragement.

Ally said: “I would like to  personally thank everybody who has donated to such an important cause. These funds can really make a difference. The events of my challenge will live long in the memory — particularly the reception I received in Portree square at the end. It really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Portree runner Hugh Campbell, who helped Ally prepare and organise the challenge, said the unique feat had captured the imagination of people across the island and beyond.

He said: “I met with Ally seven months ago for a coffee and he first told me about his idea to run around Skye. Since then the event grew bigger than we could have possibly imagined with national TV coverage and over 3,000 people on the event’s social media site.

“The biggest success is, of course, the huge sum of money raised and it was great to see people donating to such a worthy cause in such numbers. It really brought the entire community of Skye together in an amazing way.”

Ally K is pictured above handing over the bumper cheque to Richard Cowie from Cancer Research UK

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