TAIN pals have been toasting the success of a tipsy tea party which saw 150 women from across the Highlands converge on a peaceful village hall to raise more than £3000 for two good causes.
Elaine Ross (36) and Karen Rooney (32) were blown away by the response to their fundraising brainwave which resulted in a waiting list for tickets to the Ardgay Hall get-together at the weekend.
It was very much a case of "here come the girls!" as around 70 women travelling by train from Tain disembarked in Ardgay on Saturday to join 80 others who had travelled from as far afield as Thurso to back the dynamic duo.
Elaine and Karen are taking part in the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon next month and are raising money for the British Heart Foundation and Prostrate Cancer UK.
Elaine said: "I cannot believe I am saying this but we made £3013! We are overwhelmed with our total and can’t quite believe it! We had 150 ladies attend. It was quite a sight to see that many ladies arrive in Ardgay. The train was supposedly mobbed!
"We had so many kind donations of homemade baking and sandwiches and had live music from Keilan Ross. We had prosecco and cocktails for them all arriving and it was a fantastic afternoon. We also had Kelly Ross, the Tesco Tain community champion, up to help us after the supermarket gave us a gift card to help with the cost of food."
Elaine, a stay-at-home mum and Karen, a primary school teacher who hails from Ardgay, have been friends since their daughters, Hana and Breanna, met at nursery.
They are both members of the Jogscotland group in Tain.
The duo thought they would do well to sell 120 tickets for the tea party – and were delighted when those were snapped up in short order.
Elaine said: "We asked the hall what the maximum seating capacity was and were told 150 so we released an extra 30 tickets. It completely sold out and we had a reserve list with more than 20 people keen to get a ticket if anyone drops out. We are really delighted."
The London Landmarks Half Marathon on March 25 will see 10,000 runners pounding the streets of the capital on closed roads and raising thousands for a variety of different charities.
The idea behind it was that the route would shine a spotlight on not only London’s grand iconic landmarks, but also its quirky and hidden history and gems.
The route goes past London’s most iconic landmarks, taking in views of Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Shard and the London Eye.
Runners will also take in some quirkier attractions such as the birthplace of the bowler hat and London’s Roman Amphitheater.
Britain’s smallest police station, Oscar Wilde’s memorial, Guy Fawkes’s house and what claims to be the city’s oldest shop also feature on the half marathon route. Entry has now closed.
Elaine opted to raise money for Prostrate Cancer because a member of her family has the illness while Karen chose the British Heart Foundation for the same reason.
More than 20 members of Tain JogScotland are taking part in the closed-road half-marathon next month.
For more information on their fundraising eorts or to donate, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Karenrooney17@gmail.com