Ruth Shackleton Steps Up for Glenalmond

Former Glenalmond pupil Ruth M Shackleton has just completed an incredible nine-day walking challenge - of almost 500,000 steps - for our #Challenge175 bursary fund.

Ruth Shackleton Trek

Ruth was one of the first girls to attend Glenalmond three decades ago - and our first female CCF cadet - and has enjoyed a career including managing the RAF Red Arrows.

Last weekend she embarked on a coast to coast walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire - a distance of over 175 miles.

During the week Ruth had some very tough times, including days of incessant rainfall which left her muddy and with the threat of trench foot! However, she also had some wonderful views and experiences and, while footsore today, she is delighted to have completed the challenge.

Our thanks to Ruth for completing this amazing challenge to help raise funds for life-changing bursaries which will allow pupils to benefit from a Glenalmond education who would not otherwise be able to do so.

The grit and determination she has shown over the past week has been an inspiration to us all! 

To support Ruth please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ruth-shackleton1 .

You can also view this short video of Ruth describing how she personally benefitted from a Glenalmond education.

Some stats on Ruth's trip are below. 

The Coast to Coast trek, from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire, involved cossing two National Parks and following parts of the Pennine Way, Dales Way and Cleveland Way.


Distance 191.17 miles
Ascent 23797 feet
Steps 479,559

Average 20.8 miles per day
Average 53,284 steps per day
Average 2644 ft ascent per day

Longest day 34.4 miles, 84895 steps.
Pack weight 14kg

To find out more about what sets a Glenalmond education apart, join us at our next Online Open Day on April 19. This will also be the start of our Open Week when we will be welcoming visitors to Glenalmond for in-person tours.