AN ARBROATH soldier presented a cheque on Friday to the local Cancer Research UK branch after completing a mammoth endurance trial.
Sergeant Major Bruce Stuart and colleagues from the Royal Engineers raised £500 for Cancer Research UK and £500 for the Army Benevolent Fund.
He and his team took part in the 54-mile Caledonian Challenge from Fort William to Tyndrum, which takes in the West Highland Way, managing the course in 12-and-a-half hours.
Bruce (49) said: “It was more running than walking, we were averaging about 4.5 mph. It’s not the easiest thing I’ve ever done, and we jogged nearly the whole way.”
The team trained constantly from January to May before the challenge and Bruce felt this helped him to later record a time of 1 hour 48 minutes and 22 seconds at the Glasgow half-marathon.
Bruce, who currently works as a senior army recruiter in Glasgow, left Arbroath in 1979 to join the Royal Engineers and has since served all over the world.
He says this could be the last year he takes on such a heavy burden, although perhaps closer to the time he might change his mind!
He added: “I did it last year for Combat Stress and Commando999, but it hurt this year, because I’m a year older!
“I’m never doing it again! That’s straight from the horse’s mouth. We were all in tatters.
“I want to thank my team, and all the people in Arbroath and Glasgow who sponsored me and whose efforts contributed to raising the £500.”