Run Mama Run - A Fund Raising Project for the MBT & the Mama Ù Project

Run Mama Run 2010


Run Mama Run is a back-to-basics, word-of-mouth, tartan-clad, kilt-swinging endurance challenge around the Pentland Hills Regional Park for friends, fans and family connected to the Martyn Bennett Trust.

We hope each team entering can raise as much sponsorship as possible to fund the Mama Ù Cultural Centre in Columbia to help young people seek refuge from conflict and rediscover their musical culture.  Teams are not just competing for the fastest time around the route of their choice, but also for the most sponsorship raised and craziest tartan fancy dress.

Starting and ending at Flotterstone at 8am on 28th August 2010 all teams choose their own adventure when they register.

As a rough and ready challenge there are some important ground rules to help everyone enjoy the day, the fantastic views and be proud of what they’ve achieved for the Mama Ù project.

For example:

  1. All participants must wear tartan, be over 18, of the recommended fitness level, able to read a map and take part in teams (2-6 people) that stick within 50 metres of each other, carry the compulsory kit list and finish before 16:00
  2. This is a non profit making, volunteer run event but we need to cover set up and insurance costs so the entry fee is £35
  3. All those cycling must keep a support team member back at Flotterstone to look after gear. With no showers and only 2 water stops you’ll need a change of clothing and extra supplies.
  4. There will be a limit of 50 participants so register asap to join a cosy friendly crowd of elite adventurers (closing date is 6th August 2010)

Come well trained, well prepared and looking like an explosion in a bagpipe factory. Still up for it? We thought so.

Check out the online registration form. Go on... Jis Dae It!

Below is a review of the event taken from the heriot-toun studio website:

March 1st '08


The fundraiser was a great success; our young stars performed admirably and a good time was had by all. And to crown it all £1950 was raised through donations and raffle tickets, so a huge thank you to all of you who supported the cause and put your hands in your pockets.

As usual with all successes, it was very much a team effort and although Kirsty was the lynchpin and the main organiser, she couldn't have done it without the enthusiastic support from numerous sources, so a huge THANK YOU and a huge cheer to the following:

George Watson's College for the use of the hall, changing rooms and the bar/bar staff.

John Barrow for his invaluable advice and guidance.

Archie Fisher and Phil Cunningham for their letters of support and the mention on Travelling Folk.

Robin Hodge and Norman Chalmers for the generous entry in the List.

Paul Murray for being a general and very patient dogsbody, MC and sound fixer - not to mention the great ceilidh band who provided a great party after the concert.

Steven Griffin for being a fabby stage manager in a kilt and a St. David's t-shirt.

Isla Ferguson for helping with sound.

Mhairi, Rosie, Lily, Ailsa, Erin and Roslin for their help at every stage.

The sponsors who eased the load financially and practically: CODA, DSSR, Ramboll Whitby Bird, Reiach and Hall Architects and SKM Anthony Hunts.

The raffle prize givers: Scayles for being fantastic and donating an electric fiddle and amplifier, Karine Polwart for cd's and gig tickets, Lonesome Highway for gig tickets, Goodson Cole Transportation for a bottle of malt whisky, Morrison Construction for whisky and champagne,Cloudhouse Cafe in Stow for a lunch voucher for two.

The pro's who brought the crowds in; Amy Geddes (who also took the young ones in hand and polished them up!) James Ross, Hamish Napier, Ailie Robertson and of course Margaret Bennett, all of whom were so generous in giving their time and expertise to a bunch of young up and comings.

The rising stars themselves for giving their time and their all to a cause which they wholeheartedly support.

The Martyn Bennett Trust who work hard to provide support and encouragement to young musicans.

And to all of you out there who came, generously gave and hopefully enjoyed yourselves in the process!