John Kynaston

Kynaston Bridge fund reaches target

WHW Race stalwart honoured a year after his death

A fund set up to honour the memory of a much loved member of the West Highland Way Race family has exceeded its target.

John Kynaston, blogger, runner and all around source of inspiration, passed away suddenly a year ago yesterday (12 January).

To honour his memory, the West Highland Way Race Committee resolved to raise funds to replace one of the bridges on the route. The bridge to be built will be a replacement of the original crossing point two miles north of Beinglas Farm, near Derrydarroch, which was washed away in a severe storm in 2020.

The project is supported by John’s wife Katrina, and his four daughters Jo, Emma, Laura and Hollie. 

The original fundraising target was set at £15,000, but after a push on the anniversary of Kynaston’s death, the total now stands at over £16,000.

As one supporter of the fund put it, the bridge is ‘a fitting way to remember such a lovely man'.

Another runner, remembering Kynaston’s good nature said, 'I’m sure he’ll be smiling every time somebody runs over this bridge, and I will be reminded of his quiet and gentle friendliness every time I do.’ 

To raise further funds for the project, all proceeds from the sale of WHW Race merchandise from the month of January will be donated to the cause. Runners can choose from buffs or t-shirts to enhance their WHW wardrobes. 

Entries to this year’s WHW Race have now closed, with 435 runners – drawn from the UK, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and Reunion – all hoping to be awarded a place in the iconic ultra distance event. 

Image: WHW Race 

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