Glasgow dad runs 53 miles for AIDS orphans
The father of two pupils of St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow who is married to an Old Aloysian has raised nearly £2,000 for the college’s Kibera Charity Project by running in the Hoka Highland Fling Ultramarathon. Dr Andrew Mackay, whose daughters Amélie and Olive are pupils in classes P2 and KG respectively, completed the 53 mile race in a personal best time of just under 10 hours and 47 minutes.
The St Aloysius’ College Kibera Project links the Glasgow Jesuit college with two sisterJesuit schools, St Aloysius Gonzaga High School and Laini Saba Primary School in Kibera, a slum with nearly a million inhabitants near Nairobi, Kenya. The Jesuits originally set up the schools to educate the many children in Kibera orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The project raises funds and useful school materials so that pupils, staff and members of the Glasgow St Aloysius community can travel to Kenya to support the schools which serve these disadvantaged communities.
Andrew managed to raise £1,832.50 for the Kibera Project through fundraising for his participation in the annual Ultra Marathon along the famous West Highland Way Trail in Scotland. The race starts from Milngavie (near Glasgow) and is almost entirely on trails with mixed terrain and stunning scenery. The 53 mile route takes runners through the scenic Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to the Scottish Highland village of Tyndrum where they celebrate with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh.
Photo: Part of the scenic West Highland Way Trail and Andrew McKay after completing the 53 mile race along it.