In the pink over charity hill hike

Pictured are some of the participants of the last mankini challenge.
Pictured are some of the participants of the last mankini challenge.

A group of 22 intrepid charity walkers will take to the hills during the first weekend in May - wearing less clothes than you might expect from your average hiker.

Indeed, as they don florescent pink mankinis to take part in the “Mair Mankinis” challenge, you would be excused if you did not class them as just your average walker.

The walk, organised by Brechin sisters Samantha Woodall and Vicky Smart, now Montrose, is the second mankini walk challenge that sees the men donning their mankinis when they reach the summits of their walk, with all funds raised going to Cancer Research UK in memory of the sisters mum who sadly died from cancer just over four years ago.

Two years ago 13 men took park in the challenge, this year, perhaps with the lure of getting to wearing a mankini, these numbers have grown to 22.

The men, from Brechin, Glen Lethnot, Montrose and Aberdeen, will hike up Mounts Mayar and Dreish in Glen Clova, dressed in pink on Saturday, May 5 when they will be accompanied by lucky mascot Mankini Bob – a mankini dressed gnome.

Danny Smart, husband of Vicki, explained the reason behind the challenge: “We are doing it in memory of Vicky and Sam’s mum who died from cancer four-and-a-half years ago.

“This is a repeat of a walk we did two years ago, when we walked to the top of mount Keen.

“We all wore pink t-shirts and pink ankle warms, as much pink as we could because that is the colours of Cancer Research UK.

“At the top there were 13 guys and we all put on pink mankinis, a bit like what Borat wore.

“This one is two years later and instead of doing Mount Keen we thought we would do Mount Mayar in Glen Clova when we will take part in “Mair Mankinis”.

“The other participants have been coerced into taking part; Sam can be quite persuasive.”

Once at the top the lads will strip down to just their mankinis.

“I don’t think there will be a woman at the top.” added a rather hopeful Danny.

Also arranged for the same night will be a stovie dance, taking place at Hillside Hall, Hillside at 7.30 pm.

If you would like to attend the dance, tickets costing £10 are available by emailing

Tickets include a free glass of Cava, DJ entertainment and Stovies.

Donations for their cause can be made by visiting