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New West Highland Way bridge in memory of popular runner

New bridge on the West Highland Way in memory of a popular runner.

A new bridge has been installed on Scotland's iconic West Highland Way in memory of runner John Kynaston.

Now walkers, runners and cyclists on the 95-mile route will have a new crossing after the original bridge, near Derrydarroch, just north of Beinglas Farm, was washed away in a storm in 2019.

John’s family, friends and the running community organised a crowdfunder to raise £20,000 for the replacement bridge. The project is supported by John’s widow Katrina and his four daughters Jo, Emma, Laura and Hollie.

Katrina Kynaston, left, and John's sister, Sue Neal at the memorial bridge.

John Kynaston was a keen ultra runner and a fan of the West Highland Way.

John, originally from Liverpool, was a committee member of the West Highland Way Race. He had also taken part in the annual West Highland Way Race six times.

He died following a heart attack at the age of 61 in January 2021.

Ian Beattie MBE, West Highland Way Race director, said: “John was a truly inspirational man, friend and athlete and the whole ultra running community misses him dearly.

“He loved the West Highland Way and the race and we believe this bridge provides fitting tribute to him.”

Stuart Mearns, Director of Place at the National Park, voiced his support of the project, too. He said: “The West Highland Way is a much-loved route and it is fantastic to see this replacement bridge completed and dedicated to someone who gained so much pleasure from outdoor activity in our beautiful landscape.

"We hope the bridge will be enjoyed by many people for years to come.”

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