Two Peterhead walkers have participated in a two-day conference held at the Marriot Hotel, Dyce, run by the Grampian 50 + Network who represent 33 walking groups in the area.
Steve Alwyn and Bob Anderson, who represented the town’s Blootoon Walking Group, returned from the event with glowing comments.
This was our first attempt at a conference, but it seems to have gone down well, encouraging us to perhaps repeat the event.Marjory D’Arcy
A celebration of nearly 20 years of walking and rambling activity in Aberdeenshire, Mr Anderson told the Buchanie: “It was a well organised event in which I like to think we looked into the future of walking, through well led group discussions, backed up by input by experts in outdoor activities.”
Among the speakers taking part was Cameron McNeish the well-known wilderness hiker, author and broadcaster.
‘’He was quite inspirational and got the two days off to a perfect start with his keynote speech,’’ said Mr Alwyn.
Marjory D’Arcy, network chairperson, expressed her delight at the feedback from the group.
“This was our first attempt at a conference, but it seems to have gone down well, encouraging us to perhaps repeat the event,” she said.
“My committee has worked hard and have got their just reward.’’
But while Mr McNeish was well received, it was the input of Oldmeldrum rambler Jennifer Leys who won the hearts of the conference.
She told how she had battled her way back to fitness after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.
Mrs Ley told delegates that only nine months after extensive treatment she had returned to walking with the group: “My first walk when I came back was at Forvie and was a real struggle.
“I had to chose between walking and talking, but that was over two years ago and I have walked many more miles since then,’’ she said.