Charities benefit from brave pair

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A PAIR of Arbroath fund-raisers have raised a fantastic sum for charity after tackling a brutal endurance event.

Gordon Marr and Stefan Milne took on the Tough Mudder challenge at Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfriesshire recently to raise money for two charities.

Gordon is still gathering in pledges and collection tins and reckons he has raised between £1,250 and £1,350 for his charity Dementia UK, which supports his father, who is suffering the ill-effects of his 22 years service in the Royal Marines.

Stefan trained Gordon at his kettlebell fitness class and decided to join him on the event, raising over £500 for Cancer Research UK as his chosen charity.

Gordon described his Tough Mudder trial: “What can I say about the event? It was unbelievable. I’ve never done anything like that in my life!”

Groups of around 500 runners set off at 20-minute intervals. Gordon continued: “We were ushered into a giant pig pen, where we were all give a quick briefing by the ‘man on the mic’. He also pumped everyone up, getting team spirit together and he played tracks which included ‘Eye of the tiger’ and ‘500 Miles’ which everyone sang along to.

“I think everyone there was excited. I also think a few of the spectators were getting jealous because they weren’t running. All in all, it was amazing.

“Stefan and I finished the course in four hours, and it might have been sooner except for some queueing for a few of the obstacles.

“It was quite emotional near the end and as for the previous 11 miles I just put my head down and got on with it.

“I really feel I’ve done something to benefit others in need by raising money for Dementia UK and I really think my father would be proud of what I’ve done.

“I definitely couldn’t have done it without the training, help and guidance from Stefan, from my fellow Tough Mudders, family and friends.”

The pair also thanked the many businesses which sponsored them, including Gordon’s employers Hermes, The Millgate Bar, The Abbey Inn, Five Gables B&B and the Resin Art Gallery.

Gordon already has his sights set on Tough Mudder 2013. He said: “I’ve chosen ‘Combat Stress’ as the charity to donate to, this way I can help ex-servicemen and women, their families and friends cope with this horrible affliction.

“I’ve seen what the combination of dementia and combat stress has done to my father, and I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through that.”