Andrew’s double event for fallen troops

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A FORMER Arbroath serviceman will be honouring fallen troops once again this year with a double fund-raising effort.

Andrew Tough, who lives in the town and served with the First Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, organised a ‘Lap for Life’ event last year at the North Inch in Perth.

It saw a number of participants complete a combined total of over 300 laps, one to honour each serviceman and woman who have died in Afghanistan.

And this year, Andrew has organised ‘Lap for Life II’ which will see two laps being run for every soldier who has died in the Afghan conflict, which Andrew himself has served in.

Andrew told the Herald: “Due to the success we have decided to run the event again this year but it will be raising funds for Holidays4Heroes and HorseBack UK.

“This year we plan to do two laps of the North Inch for each serviceman and woman killed, the number currently stands at 374 killed, which means 748 laps.”

Last year a total of £8,000 was raised with over 100 people taking part in the event. And Andrew is hoping for a similar response this time.

He added: “All 332 laps (498 miles) were covered in a time of three hours and 30 minutes.

“A few participants just happened to be members of the public who were walking past and wanted to do their part.

“We raised a total of £8,000 which was split between BLESMA and Holidays4Heroes.

“The majority of the entrants were from Arbroath but Dave Harrison came up from Warrington to compete.  The youngest entry was Emma-Leigh Falconer who is six and from Arbroath and the eldest was 70.

“We decided to raise money for HorseBack UK this year due to the fact that a number of the marines from 45 Commando who were injured in Afghanistan in early 2009 have received a large amount of support and assistance from them.

“One of the injured Jason Hare told us while we were planning last year’s event about the work HorseBack UK do and we felt that it would be worthwhile as 45 commando are now a big part of the town of Arbroath.”

‘Lap for Life II’ takes place at the North Inch in Perth on Saturday, September 24.