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Fundraisers put in the miles over Scotland's warmest weekend

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Seven hundred people took part in this year's Off the Beatson Track

Fundraisers put in the miles over Scotland's warmest weekend to help raise much needed funds for a Scottish cancer charity.

Seven hundred walkers, runners and cyclists went Off the Beatson track virtually this weekend to raise thousands to support life changing research and care.

The flagship event for Beatson Cancer Charity, which challenges participants to complete 10k (6.5 miles), is in its eighth year and shows no signs of slowing down. The event was virtual in 2020 and this year people from all over Scotland took part from the peaks of Conic Hill to the forests of Campsie Glen.

The charity provides support for cancer patients and raises funds for scientific research into the disease, organise the event each year to bolster funds that truly make a difference.

From the hospital wards, right to the heart of the communities that The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre serves, they believe everyone should experience cancer with care, with love and with hope and the monies raised by Off the Beatson Track will support these efforts.

The last seven years have seen over 11,000 participants walk over 70,000 miles - making it Glasgow's biggest, best, and most yellow sponsored walk. 

Martin Cawley, chief executive of the Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We are absolutely bowled over by everyone’s participation in this year’s event. Not only have we raised a phenomenal sum of money which will make a genuine difference to the outcomes of real patients, the pictures people have sent over and shared online have really shown a great side to participating in events like this.”

Suzanne Downey, marketing and communications manager, said: “Taking part in something like this is a great experience. It’s fun, it has purpose and everyone who participated and donated knows they’re contributing in their own way to a truly fantastic cause that helps our friends and family.”