Not content with walking the West Highland Way to raise money for charity, three Royal Navy Submariners plan to run the 96 mile route to support Erskine’s veterans.
Commander Andrew Lewis, Lieutenant Simon Barr & Warrant Officer Jim Wright, all employed at Faslane Naval Base on the Clyde, begin the epic challenge on Wednesday (9th September).
With a support team of colleague Warrant Officers Brian Hutchinson and Stuart Oakey, the adventurous threesome plan to run 34 miles on day one, 37 miles on day two finishing with a mere 25 mile run. They have been hard at it training for three months and are confident they will reach their destination of Fort William on Friday.
Lieutenant Barr said: “Adventurous training is incredibly important in the Royal Navy so we thought running the West Highland Way was an ideal opportunity to test our physical and mental resolve.
“We also wanted to support our veterans and have always admired the work that goes on at Erskine. It seemed only natural that we dedicate the funds raised towards purchasing important equipment and supporting activities for the residents – we are delighted to have raised more than £3000 so far.”
“To run more than a marathon every day for three days is some challenge”, said Erskine Community Fundraiser David McFadden. “I walked the West Highland Way myself last year for charity and that was tough enough without the running!
“We cannot thank them enough for what they are doing to raise money for our veterans and wish them all the very best with what lies ahead this week.”
You can follow their progress via twitter by following @HighlandSpirit5 and can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/teams/PGMT97