In a remarkable display of dedication, determination and strong will, Foundation supporter Shaun Bremner recently battled the elements during his epic journey from Invergordon to Celtic Park, before arriving at the stadium in time to watch the second half of Celtic’s cinch Premiership match against Kilmarnock on Saturday, October 7, 2023.
Shaun’s challenge was originally set to see him cycle 188.8 miles starting in the early hours of Friday, October 6, with the goal of arriving in time for kick-off. Unfortunately, due to the catastrophic rainfall over that weekend, his route was drastically changed as he faced flooded underpasses, washed-away bridges and even a small river crossing. This saw his distance increase to over 200 miles after unavoidable detours.
Shaun’s support team – David and Sheena – also played a pivotal role, assisting him throughout the entire journey and providing invaluable support in the most treacherous of weather conditions. Without their encouragement and help, the mammoth challenge would have seemed impossible.
When asked why he decided to take on this cycle and raise funds for the Foundation, Shaun said: “I decided while on a tour of the stadium with my daughter that I wanted to do something for the Foundation. The Club was formed to help others who are less fortunate and as someone who is an avid supporter of Celtic Football Club, I just wanted to give something back.”
Shaun spoke on the difficulties of the cycle and highlighted how he was able to make it to the stadium, despite the horrendous conditions: “When I lost battery on the GPS in Cadder near Bishopbriggs, I knew then that it would be a real challenge to get to the stadium in time for the match, even though I did have my heart set on arriving for kick-off.
“Apart from that, I kind of blocked everything else out. The weather was extreme but I had a reason to be out there. I didn’t want to let anyone down, so I just put my head down.
“The hardest part of all was getting out of my soaking wet clothes and into something warm and dry outside Celtic Park!.”
We are extremely grateful to Shaun for his magnificent support. If you would like to get behind his efforts, you can still make a donation HERE.
Or, if you would like to get involved and fundraise on behalf of Celtic FC Foundation by setting your own personal challenge, please contact [email protected] or call 0141 551 4321.