GMA need help to reach Lapland by Christmas

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Glasgow Mid Argyll shinty club are taking a 3,600km road trip from Glasgow to Lapland during the four weeks leading up to Christmas, and need help.

The Hughenden outfit are looking to raise funds towards the purchase of a portable defibrillator that will be available for use at future shinty matches in Glasgow and have set up a Just Giving page in conjunction with the charity Lucky2BHere.

‘Unfortunately, as we enter Covid-19 tier four lockdown restrictions, our trip is now a virtual’ event, said a GMA spokesperson.

‘In order for us to complete the challenge we are calling on all players, members, partners, families and friends of the club to get involved by walking, running, cycling, golfing, swimming (or whatever form of exercise you can contribute) to clock up the distance and help us reach Lapland by Christmas Day.’

Distances can be logged on the GMA Strava group – on people’s own Strava webpage or mobile app, tap on Explore > Clubs and search for ‘GMA Shinty Club’.

If participants are not Strava users, they can log their distances by email to Neil McLay:

‘We will track our virtual progress over the four-week period with prizes awarded for the furthest distance travelled each week by individuals within each of the club teams  -men’s first team, men’s second team, women’s team, juniors, and the ‘Auld Yins’, captained by Alan Harrison,’ added the spokesperson.

The journey began on Friday, November 27.