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Runners and walkers will be taking to the streets this weekend in memory of a young Barra piper killed in the Manchester Arena bombing.
People of all ages will be lacing up their trainers to take part in a virtual 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon challenge to raise funds for the music-based Eilidh’s Trust.
Eilidh MacLeod, who was a piper with the Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band died along with 21 others in the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017. The trust in her name supports music education for young people.
Entrants for the event are signing up to participate via the #TeamEilidh page on running app Strava where their mileage will be logged.
It is free to enter but donations to the trust will be very much welcome in light of this year’s fundraising events being scaled back. Donations can be made via Eilidh’s Trust’s JustGiving page
Schoolchildren on Barra and Vatersay will also be participating as the island schools will use the event as part of their regular PE Challenges.
Suzanne White, founder of Eilidh’s Trust said: ‘We had enthusiastic teams ready and raring to go for events such as the Isle of Barra Barrathon, the Great Manchester Run and the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. However, the pandemic meant all these events were postponed until 2021. Despite that, we were keen to do something this year so that all the training and amazing preparation doesn’t go to waste. We want to keep #TeamEilidh motivated and energised in 2020.
‘If you’re out running or walking this weekend, do it for #TeamEilidh and support our work in continuing Eilidh’s musical ambitions by investing in the music education of other young musicians in her name. Feel free to pester as many of your family, friends and colleagues to join in.’
Web Links to follow:
Strava – https://www.strava.com/clubs/697534/group_events/744370
JustGiving – https://www.justgiving.com/eilidhstrust