Gruelling challenge sees ‘grand’ result

Pictured, from left, are Andrew Nairn, Sarah Stewart, Tom Ham, Alan Gardiner and Danny Donald.
Pictured, from left, are Andrew Nairn, Sarah Stewart, Tom Ham, Alan Gardiner and Danny Donald.

A team of local army reservists who successfully completed this year’s Cateran Yomp are already looking forward to next year’s event.

The gruelling 24-hour challenge was held on Armed Forces Day to raise money for ABF The Soldiers Charity with 570 people taking part, including 120 serving soldiers and veterans.

Participants were given the option to tackle a 22-mile, 36.5-mile or 54-mile route through the Perthshire and Angus glens. First place was awarded to team Gurkha Intake 12/09, who completed the full route in just 12 hours.

The local team from C Squadron Scottish and Northern Irish Yeomanry, based in Forfar, completed the 54 miles in 23 hours 35 minutes raising more than £1,200 in the process, although team leader Sergeant Sarah Stewart said that donations and sponsorship are still coming in.

The team members come from all over the area and also include Troopers Andrew Nairn and Tom Ham, Sergeant Alan Gardiner and Corporal Danny Donald.

The high points included the scenery and running the last three miles to the finishing line, while low points included having to don their boots again after every checkpoint and walking at night, which tested their morale.

Despite this, they found it a generally positive experience and have said they are willing to take on the challenge again next year.

Sarah said: “We all had a great time, the event was very well organised with loads of support around the course.

“There was also Archery and clay pigeon shooting and much more to break up the walk. It was hard going at times but with team spirit high and running to the finish line it made it all worth while for a great charity.

“Roll on next year!”

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity provides vital support to soldiers, former soldiers and their families in need.