Charities benefit from yomp

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THE ANNUAL Arbroath Yomp took place on Sunday with two local charities set to benefit from the £3,000 raised by the participants.

For the first time, yompers began their nine-mile challenge at either Inchcape Park, Arbroath, or Easthaven near Carnoustie, with the two groups meeting in the middle.

The idea was to encourage more participants from Carnoustie as the Help Ayley and Chloe Walk Fund was one of the good causes to benefit from the money raised.

The twins, Ayley and Chloe Hirsch from Carnoustie both suffer from cerebral palsy and their parents Averil Fleming and Frazer Hirsch are trying to raise the £80,000 needed so they can undergo surgery in America that could give them the chance to walk for the first time.

The other cause which will also benefit is the memorial garden at RM Condor which will be a place to commemorate fallen Marines.

Despite the blustery conditions, organiser Councillor David Fairweather was delighted with how the yomp went and was impressed with the determination of the yompers.

He said: “As always we had a very good response from everybody and from the Arbroath side we managed to raise around £2,000 alone which will be split between the memorial garden at Condor and the children in Carnoustie, as well as other charities people elected to support.

“It was a tremendous day and we couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

The yomp started at 10 a.m. when an RNLI flare was set off at Easthaven.

And Councillor Fairweather added he was pleased to see both young and old competitors raking part.

He explained: “It was a terrific sight seeing everybody walking together. One lady completed the course with two young children and everybody stayed and cheered them on.

“We had people raise £11 to even £375 and it is amazing how generous people have been.”

For the fifth year running Roddy Campbell was first to complete the course from Inchcape Park to East haven and back beating Jim Deer who was second and Jamie Scott who came in third.