24-hour challenge for soldiers’ charity

Pictured (from left) Sarah Stewart, Daniel Donald, Andrew Nairn, Ton Ham, Duncan Ross and Alan Gardiner.

Pictured (from left) Sarah Stewart, Daniel Donald, Andrew Nairn, Ton Ham, Duncan Ross and Alan Gardiner.

Six members of the local Army Reserve are this month taking on a gruelling challenge to raise money for veterans and their families.

Sergeant Sarah Stewart, Corporal Daniel Donald, Troopers Andrew Nairn and Tom Ham, Lance Corporal Duncan Ross and Sergeant Alan Gardiner from C Squadron Scottish and Northern Irish Yeomanry, are taking part in the Cateran Yomp which is set to test their endurance to the limit.

The event, which is being held over the weekend of June 28 and 29, starts in Blairgowrie and covers 54 miles of remote terrain in Perthshire, through Strathardle, Glenshee and down through Glenisla. As if that was not challenge enough, it has to be completed in 24 hours or less.

Team leader Sarah Stewart said the group has been preparing for the challenge since April, but other commitments as well as the geographical spread of the other team members who come from Dundee and Fife, means that training is being undertaken individually.

She said: “I’ve been hillwalking and trying to get the mileage up, really. A couple of the lads have done the Commando Speed March but this is the first time I’ve taken on a charity event. I’m quite excited about it. This is also the 10-year point of me being in the reserves and I wanted to do something for that.”

The team is raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which provides vital support to soldiers, former soldiers and their families in need and collection boxes have been placed in A & S Bakers, The Masons Bar and Flanagan’s sandwich shop.

Donations can also be made online at http://fundraising.soldierscharity.org/TeamPage.aspx?teamID=60586&langPref=en-CA&Referrer=https%3a%2f%2fwww.facebook.com%2f.




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