Andrew’s challenge honours fallen troops

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A FORMER Arbroath soldier who served in Afghanistan remembered fallen troops while raising money for two forces charities on Saturday.

Andrew Tough, who served with the First Regiment Royal Horse Artillery held his annual ‘A Lap for a Life’ event at the North Inch in Perth to honour the 382 men and women who have sadly been lost in the Afghanistan conflict.

The event sees participants run a lap of the North Inch for every fallen soldier, and as this was the second year the run had taken part, two laps were completed for every person who has paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Andrew was inspired to organise the challenge after seeing first hand how combat can affect troops both physically and mentally and all money raised at the event is being donated to forces charities – Horseback UK and Holidays4Heroes.

Many local groups and organisations from Arbroath made the trip to Perth to take part and Andrew says it made the day a huge success.

He explained: “Throughout the day a large amount of effort was put in, sweat blood and tears expressed and friendships created and at 5 p.m. to everyone’s delight the 764th and final lap was completed.

“My biggest thank you goes out to the seven young marines from 45 Commando who throughout the day presented themselves in a manner that was above and beyond the call of duty. They completed a significant number of laps as well as taking collection buckets around both the park and the town.

“Ian Wren and Jason Hare from Horseback UK provided a king size dose of determination and humour throughout the day which kept spirits up and inspired others to keep going. 

“The Battery Commander Major Findlay and the soldiers of 212 Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) assisted us with transport and several other participants for the event were Arbroath Sea Cadets and even Arbroath Rugby Club who turned up en route to an away match and completed one lap each.

“We were also honoured to have four representatives from Holidays4heroes who travelled to the event from Derbyshire.”

Between them the 80 participants ran 764 laps, equivalent to 1,146 miles and it is hoped the money raised will break last year’s £8,000 target.

Andrew added: “The day was organised for two main purposes, firstly to remember the 382 brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives serving Queen and country in Afghanistan.

“Secondly, to raise some much needed funds for two fantastic forces charities Horseback UK and Holidays4Heroes.

“If anyone would like to make a donation to the cause, our just giving group is available at www.justgiving.com/alap4alife2.”