Leith Mulvaney leads walk round Lanark Loch

Leith Mulvaney (4th from left) family and friends Heart Foundation charity day at Lanark Loch'13/8/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison

Leith Mulvaney (4th from left) family and friends Heart Foundation charity day at Lanark Loch'13/8/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison

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JUST a few short years ago a heart condition left Lanarkian Leith Mulvaney with hardly enough energy to take a slow stroll once around Lanark Loch; this month he strode around it 14 times.

And he wasn’t alone as friends and family joined him for the third annual sponsored walk around the loch in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Three years ago Leith planned to walk the 14 lap equivalent of a half marathon around the Loch, sponsored for the charity by way of a thank-you for the bypass operation which restored his health.

Before he knew it, pals, relatives and even total strangers joined in and it has quickly become a major event on the Lanark charity fund-raising calendar.

On Saturday there was the best turnout yet and he hopes to have topped last year’s near-£1000 total once all this year’s sponsorship has been totted up; the tombola stall run on the loch shore raised £80 alone.