Craig’s Caledonian Charity Challenge

This Saturday at 7am, while the rest of us are tucked up in bed enjoying a lie-in, Craig McKillop of Garden Lodges, along with his wife Lorne, will be embarking on an epic 54 mile walk in just 24 hours. Craig is part of the Santander team who have entered the 2012 RBS Caledonian Challenge and he has raised hundreds of pounds in sponsorship for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Scottish Community Foundation. The route follows the West Highland Way, beginning north of Fort William and going via famously beautiful landscapes such as Glencoe, before finishing near Loch Lomond. During the 24 hours, Craig will cover a distance greater than the equivalent of two marathons back-to-back, and astonishingly in terms of height will have covered the equivalent of climbing Ben Nevis twice! Craig’s day job involves overseeing the operations at Garden Lodges, but in his spare time he enjoys getting even further afield than the gardens which accommodate the lodges and garden rooms which the company builds. The training has involved practice hikes in some of Scotland’s most stunning and rugged areas. “I’m excited,” Craig says, “especially as I’ve been training for what feels like a long time. I hope that thinking about the charities and how the money can be used will keep me going through the hard parts.”


If you are inspired by Craig’s example, how about considering a physical challenge of your own? Craig has been shaping up for six months. Gym visits are an essential part of any training programme, in order to ensure that it isn’t just cardiac fitness which is improved, but that each muscle group is strengthened individually. There are many factors which put people off joining their local gym, including the cost, the time needed (especially if a journey to and from the gym has to be factored in), and the embarrassment and awkwardness of working out in front of strangers – or perhaps worse, friends and colleagues. A perfect solution is to install a personal gym at home. Few of us have the space to squeeze gym machines into one of our current rooms, so garden studios or garden lodges are an ideal way to create your own bespoke gym. Thousands saved on gym memberships, hours saved on commuting to and from the local gym, and blushes saved by working out in the privacy of your own garden room.