A Largs Academy teacher put her best foot forward to raise more than £750 after smashing the Glasgow Kiltwalk.

Victoria McNicol walked 23 miles from Glasgow to Balloch to raise vital funds for the Beatson Cancer Charity – where her sister-in-law Natasha is receiving treatment.

The teacher, who was a keen runner, says taking on the Kiltwalk to help support the charity was a no brainer after seeing the support they are giving Natasha, who is a well-known face around Largs.

Victoria explained: “This is the first Kiltwalk I have done, even though I used to be a keen runner and did marathons when I lived on Arran.

“Around the start of the year I realised I wanted to do something to challenge myself again, and thought the Kiltwalk would be the perfect opportunity.

“I decided to raise money for the Beatson as my sister-in-law was diagnosed with terminal cancer in July last year and is getting treatment there.

“She was the manager of Summerlea Nursery in Largs for about two decades, so she is well known in the town.”

Victoria admits the poor weather was a challenge, but believes the camaraderie among local ladies walking together helped them through.

She said: “I did some training before the event, walking around six miles with my dog every day and training some longer distances a few times.

“It’s always a bit of an unknown when you get there but it went well and the blisters were not too bad.

“The weather was apparently the worst it has been for many years, but that didn’t dampen our spirits too much.

“I walked with three other mums from West Kilbride who were taking part for a variety of charities, so we all helped each other reach the finish line.”

Victoria admits she was blown away by the support, raising more than seven times her original fundraising target.

She added: “I set my initial target of £100 because I wasn’t initially going to do any fundraising and only set it up the week before the walk.

“I didn’t want to ask people for money but a lot of family and friends were asking about it so I finally relented.

“I was shocked at the response, I honestly wasn’t expecting to hit £100 never mind get over £700 which is amazing.”

Donations can still be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/victoria-mcnicol1.