Seven Islands charity challenge visits Bute

Mike and John Welsh and crew wave for The Buteman's camera as they pass Rhubodach en route between Bute and Arran - stops two and three on their 'seven islands in two days' charity challenge.
Mike and John Welsh and crew wave for The Buteman's camera as they pass Rhubodach en route between Bute and Arran - stops two and three on their 'seven islands in two days' charity challenge.

A CHARITY challenge in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Foundation paid a whistle-stop visit to Bute on Friday.

Mike Welsh and his friends were in the early stages of a bid to visit, and run on, seven Scottish islands in the space of just two days.

Leaving Largs early on Friday morning aboard the motor yacht Myra, belonging to Mike’s father John, Mike and his fellow athletes ran around part of Cumbrae before rejoining the yacht for the short sail to Rothesay.

Once on Bute - where they ran so fast they even beat our camera! - they ran from Rothesay to Port Bannatyne and back before getting back on board to continue via the Kyles of Bute (slowing down to wave at our photographer as they passed Rhubodach) to their next stop, Lochranza on Arran, and a 13-mile run down the island’s west coast.

After an overnight pit-stop at Port Ellen on Islay, the happy - if somewhat exhausted - crew were due to continue their runs on Jura and Gigha before returning to the Clyde and their final stop, Holy Isle, off Arran’s east coast.

Mike said on his JustGiving web page (link to the right of this article): “My daughter Rosalind was born on New Year’s Eve 2011, and she required surgery to survive.

“These modern day angels at Yorkhill gave us the gift of our daughter back, as they have done for so many people all over the world.

“The work that they do with children is unparalleled, and only when experiencing it first hand will anyone ever know how precious it really is.

“Without Yorkhill and its team of fantastic surgeons (Nicola Brindley) our story would have been a very sad one indeed.

“Rosalind is now a big, happy and content baby, living a normal, full life.”