From the Aberdeen Press and Journal, 11 August 2008
MORE than 20 hardy souls completed the 32km trek through the Lairig Ghru to increase awareness of ME, the chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalopathy.
In addition, they raised more than £3,000 for the ME Association.
The walk was organised by Roy Godsman, a yoga teacher at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, to support his friend Eric Smart, who had the condition for 20 years.
Many of Roy’s students were on the walk which started at Linn o’ Dee and finished in the car park of Coylumbridge Hotel.
One of the walkers, Julie Grant, said: “It was a lot tougher than I imagined, but we were very lucky with the weather.”
Eric, a former postie turned yoga teacher, is now fully recovered and is so fit he set off in May on an epic cycle challenge to Adelaide in Australia.
He was last spotted cycling near Girona, in Spain.
Donations to Eric’s fundraising can be made at his fundraising page.
(Note from ME Association fundraising: Eric wanted to enjoy a meditation class in Girona, which was the reason for his little detour to Spain. He was then hoping to spend a a day or two in Barcelona, before cycling back across the Pyrhenees to rejoin the route though France and Italy. He still plans to get to Adelaide in south Australia sometime in 2010.)