Walker Turns Runner (Craig’s Paris Marathon In His Own Words)

By Craig Walker.

A year or so ago I was overweight and couldn’t run the length of myself. A bit of an achievement considering I’m only 5ft 4! I decided I needed to do something so took up fitness and just fell into doing some running. I enjoyed challenging myself to run further or faster or complete things I’ve never managed to do before.

I’ve always been a supporter of the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal, I have read of the great work it does and how much it helps the charities it donates to. We as Scotland fans are extremely fortunate to travel the world watching our beloved country play football and a lot of the time while sitting in bars and city squares we are a million miles away and don’t give a thought for those less fortunate than ourselves in the country we are guests in.

I have been to a couple of TASA presentations and although it is a magical experience seeing the smile on the children’s faces, it really does hit home that although the donation from TASA will make a difference to these children’s lives, there is so much more we can do.

That was when I decided I was going to do something to help TASA do the work they do. I had ran a 5k then, around 3 miles but decided to sign up for the big one and try and put myself through a marathon just over a year later.  There was only one city to do it, Paris. Scene of the greatest Scotland game many have seen and McFadden’s goal and one of the most picturesque cities in the world.

I had big aims for the fundraising and set myself a goal of £3000. I didn’t think I would raise the lot purely off sponsorship so held a quiz night to start with to start the year of fundraising.

Over the next year I set myself an ambitious training plan to go along with my fundraising plan and put myself through the physical and mental torture that brought with it. Training was hard but I got through it, I ran round every football stadium in Glasgow in a day, I took my training to Oban on holiday with me and ran half marathons in Glasgow and Alloa to prepare.

The day itself was fantastic, it was an experience I will never forget, my legs certainly won’t! I had been injured in the build up to the race and was in quite a bit of pain from about half way. My race video tells its own story, but I was determined to get to the end, my pain was nothing compared to the pain of those the money helps so I could get through it.

I completed it in 5hrs 42mins, not the fastest but that didn’t matter, I crossed that finish line proudly wrapped in a saltire. It was an amazing feeling and one I will never forget.

In the end I Raised £3623.77 a fact much more important than my time or my achievement.

Everywhere We Go!

Craig's Cheque Handover

Craig presents TASA chairman, John Daly, with a cheque for £3623.77

Ticket Donation To Sense Scotland For NI Match

Back in March we ended up with a few spare tickets for the home international friendly against Northern Ireland.  We decided to donate these to Sense Scotland.


The tickets were passed on to the Overbridge Service (residential care on St Andrews Drive http://www.sensescotland.org.uk/media/1501870/sense-scotland-residential-services-overbridge-web.pdf ) where two of the people they support went along to the match. It was their first ever game and by all accounts they absolutely loved it!  They must have seen a different game to us!

Here’s a wee report from Service Manager, Sean Macfarlane, on what happened on the night.

“Stewart, Graeme and their support staff had a fantastic time at the Scotland V NI football game, soaking up the atmosphere and singing songs, especially when Scotland scored Stewart and Graeme were shouting ‘Goalllll’, this was the first time both boys had attended a football match and they both purchased a Scotland scarf as a souvenir and reminder of their experience.”



“We are very grateful for the donation of the tickets from The Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal which allowed Stewart and Graeme the opportunity to experience a football match.”

Chapeau Craig

By John Daly.

Congratulations to Craig Walker in completing his Paris marathon challenge on behalf of the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal.

We’re all mightily impressed with him – and grateful to everyone who sponsored him, aiding Sunshine Appeal funds.

(if you’re so inclined, you can congratulate and show your support for Craig’s efforts by sponsoring him here https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/parismarathon )

Chapeau, Monsieur.

Stuart Cosgrove Becomes TASA Patron

The Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal are delighted to announce that Mr Stuart Cosgrove has agreed to become Patron of the charity. Stuart is a weel kent figure around the Scottish game, supporting as he does St Johnstone FC and Scotland. A frequent contributor to radio and TV, he currently co-hosts “Off The Ball” on BBC Radio Scotland. An author and TV executive, Stuart is also an aficionado of Northern Soul Music. The Steering Group of the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal are delighted to welcome Stuart on board.