A GROUP of intrepid walkers, hiked to the summit of Mount Mayer earlier this year, before stripping down to fluorescent pink mankinis and hot pink leg warmers - to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
The group of males took part in the ‘Mair Mankinis’ challenge, which was organised by Brechin sisters Samantha Woodall and Vicky Smart, now Montrose, in memory of the sisters’ mum who sadly died from cancer over four years ago.
Men from Brechin, Glen Lethnot, Montrose and Aberdeen, hiked up Mount Mayar, dressed in pink, before stripping to their mankinis - much the amusement of some unsuspecting walkers.
One such walker wrote on the their blog www.walkhighlands.co.uk/blogs/CGreen after witnessing the men in action.
They explained: “Cars drew up, friends welcomed each other, and a few, strangely, had woollen pink leg warmers on. That was a bit odd... We concerned ourselves with getting ready, and trying to head out before this huge group set off. They had one or two children with them so we thought we could maybe outpace them (I am usually the slowest person on the hill!)
“As we neared the summit cairn we saw the couple ahead of us leave - perfect timing. We had the summit to ourselves. We settled down behind the cairn in the sunshine to drink our soup and eat a sandwich. And then we saw a lone hiker approach from the direction of Corrie Kilbo. He had pink leg warmers on, so we knew he wasn’t going to be alone.
“Within minutes about 30 men honed in on the cairn. Warnings were issued - “Just so you know, we’ll be stripping off and putting on pink mankinis. I hope you’re not easily offended”. Swiftly followed by “Will you take some photos for us? We’re raising money for Cancer Research.
“With our new roles as official www.justgiving.com/mairmankinis photographers confirmed, we ate our lunch to the back drop of shouting, the odd boot flying through the air and down the mountain, and complaints of bitter cold. The result? Probably the most interesting Munro summit to date, and (hopefully) a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a crowd of mankini clad men freezing at the top of a mountain.”
As well as the charity walk the sisters held a Stovie dance at Hillside Hall, which together raised an amazing total of £5,700 for Cancer Research UK.
Samantha said: “Both Vicki and I are aware of how many people’s lives are touched by cancer and we are delighted to have such supportive friends and family who continue to support us in our fund raising efforts.
“The boys completed the walk in a good time and thankfully the sun shone all day, despite it feeling pretty chilly!
“Ultimately, all the boys did as promised and donned their mankinis at the summit of Mount Mayar.”
Donations for their cause can still be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/mairmankinis