Hiking coast to coast in aid of Nith Inshore Rescue

Two friends are walking coast to coast along the Southern Upland Way next month to raise funds for Nith Inshore Rescue.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 3:21 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 1:02 pm
Ryan Carroll and Evan Keir are tackling the Southern Upland Way next month

Ryan Carroll and Evan Keir will set off from Portpatrick on June 18 and aim to cover the 214 miles to Cockburnspath in 18 days.

Nith Inshore Rescue is an independent inshore and inland lifeboat search and rescue service serving the Upper Solway and surrounding area.

Evan joined the crew last year and has already been on eight call outs and one search, Ryan meanwhile is a marine engineer with an interest in life boats.

Ryan has completed the West Highland Way in the past, but for Evan it will be his first walk of any serious distance.

Not only will the pair have to walk the entire 214 miles they'll have to do so while carrying all the equipment or provisions they need to camp out every night.

Ryan said: “Nith Inshore Rescue holds dear to both of us and we would like to help pay for the equipment needed to keep these real life hero's safe.

"They are always on call and wholly operated by a team of highly trained and professionally equipped volunteers, including Evan.

"They are not linked to the RNLI and have to raise all their own funds to protect and save lives..

“Our route starts on the west coast and finishes on the east coast, with the hike set to take us 18 consecutive days, 15 days of walking and presuming everything goes to schedule three rest days.

"We will be crossing some of Scotland's most demanding terrain and will be carrying all of the items we will require to stop and make camp every night.

"We're aiming to start our adventure on June 18 this year, and have been training hard to ensure we are ready. We’re just hoping the weather doesn’t get too hot by then.

"Friends and family are more than welcome to liaise with us directly if they would like to tag along for a section or two as we could use the moral support.

"And we are are more than grateful for any donations received towards this great cause, your support really will save lives.”

Ryan and Evan have set themselves a target of £3,000.

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hike-for-nith.