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£2 million raised in charity Kiltwalk

Walkers dressed in kilts gathered at Glasgow Green to take on routes up to 23 miles long and were waved off by former rugby star Doddie Weir.

More than 10,000 people have taken part in the biggest ever Kiltwalk, with £2 million expected to be raised for charity.

Walkers dressed in kilts gathered at Glasgow Green on Sunday to take on routes up to 23 miles long, and were waved off by Doddie Weir.

The former Scotland rugby international has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) and his charity is among 600 set to benefit from the funds raised by the event.

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Walkers wear kilts for the annual charity event across Scotland (Elaine Livingstone/PA)

Weir said: “Every single walker is raising money for an extremely worthwhile cause, and together they will make an immediate difference which will be felt across the country.

“I’m humbled and incredibly grateful to those that chose to walk for Doddie Weir’5 Discretionary Trust and My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

“The atmosphere was special and I would urge everyone who can to take part in a Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk.”

Three other kiltwalks will be held in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh over the next few months.

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Entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter will match 40% of the money raised meaning charities will share £2 million (Elaine Livingstone/PA)

Organisers said the Glasgow Kiltwalk is set to raise more than £1.5 million, with a 40% top-up from The Hunter Foundation taking the figure over £2 million.

Sir Tom Hunter said: “This goes to the heart of what Scotland is all about – caring for one another.

“We live in an incredible country with people who are willing to literally go the extra mile for those who need it most. I am so proud of everyone who took part today.”

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