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Duke of Edinburgh's Award supporters bag munros to celebrate Glasgow 2014

Jamie Mitchell, DofE Scotland

Duke of Edinburgh participants and supporters from across the UK took part in Legacy 2014 project ‘Flag a Munro’ to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. Jamie Mitchell, Communications Officer at DofE Scotland tells us about the inspirational programme.

Over 90 munros were scaled by 500 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award supporters from across the UK for the Flag a Munro Challenge. The ambition was for groups to get active and climb to the top with a Flag a Munro flag and take a picture of themselves. Munros are mountains over 3,000ft and Scotland has 282 of them. The challenge was out for us to flag them all.

The popularity of it was overwhelming and the photos poured in with groups from across the UK taking up the challenge.

I loved the story of the Slemish College gorup. I could tell they really had fun out on the hill despite Daniel O’Mahoney’s face as he poses with his artificial leg looking a bit out of joint!

I collected all the great stories and photos and posted them the challenge blog

I also helped to organise an event to celebrate the success of this Legacy 2014 project. Held on 20 July it was the first event in Scotland House, the base for Scottish athletes during the Games. We really couldn’t beat the atmosphere there.

At the celebration Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, and Paul Zealey, Head of Engagement and Legacy at Glasgow 2014, accepted the Flag a Munro Challenge mosaic – a collection of photos from the summits.

I love the idea that if you took part and look closely, you can find your individual photo amongst the many!

It was great to be the DofE lead on this project. The immense desire of young people to get out, get active and achieve great heights (literally) is truly inspiring. I will definitely be out to bag my first Munro this year because of it!

Visit the Flag a Munro blog