Morgen goes extra mile...

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A determined Arbroath Academy pupil dug deep on a recent, gruelling 96 mile trek through the west coast wilds of Scotland.

Morgen Cosgrove (13) took to the West Highland Way with her father and grandfather on April 11 to challenge herself and raise money for her school.

The tough five-day expedition from Milngavie and Fort William tested Morgen but her true grit and determination pushed her through to the finish line.

Speaking to Morgen’s father Robert he explained what happened: “There was a few parts of the route that took a little bit longer than anticipated.

“During the descent from Rannoch Moor, Morgen went over her ankle. I suggested we get the bus at the next possible opportunity. She insisted that she would get the bus on her own so as not to spoil it for me.’’

As luck would have it, another group of passing walkers included a nurse, who applied gel, painkiller and bandaged Morgen’s ankle.

The Cosgroves then moved towards the next stage at King House. Upon walking into one of the oldest licensed Inn’s in Scotland, groups of walkers cheered.

“All the other groups starting cheering for her,” Robert said. “That gave her a great boost and she said ‘right, I’m going to continue walking to the end.’

“Morgen demonstrated and immense amount of mental and physical toughness.

“She was a wee trooper and did exceedingly well.”

“She’s been hillwalking for years and has done 13 munroes herself,” said Morgen’s mum, Susan.

Before setting off, Morgen had already managed to raise £800 and the generosity of other walkers on the route has taken her total over the £1000 mark.

Morgen had decided to give something back to the community and settled on donating her fund raising efforts back to her school.

“Morgen has not only walked the West Highland Way but has also raised over £1000 for Arbroath Academy.

“In her planning and during the sponsored walk, she has shown commitment, determination and real enthusiasm. Arbroath Academy are very proud of Morgen’s achievements,” said Doreen Redfern, headteacher.