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Yompers trek for charity across Perthshire

Written by Fiona June 29 2012

Tomorrow is Armed Forces Day and in Perthshire more than 400 yompers will mark the occasion as they take part in the second annual Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp. The challenge, which includes walks of different lengths, from 22 miles to 52 miles, aims to raise money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust.

Walkers of all abilities will take part in the bronze at 22 miles, silver at 36.5 miles or the ultimate gold challenge at 52 miles across Blairgowrie, Kirkmichael, Spittal of Glenshee and Kirkton of Glenisla.

Amongst the record participants is a team of Gurkhas, who have travelled to Perthshire to compete in the second annual Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp.  The team of five gurkhas from The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment in Hampshire will start two hours after the other walkers as the team have vowed to yomp home in record time.

There will be no rest for participants with challenges of archery, clay pigeon shooting and other adventurous activities at various scenic checkpoints along the way.

Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, says: “The Soldiers’ Charity is the national charity of the British Army, here to support soldiers, former soldiers and families in times of need – that’s what we’ve been doing since 1944.

“We look forward to welcoming supporters of the charity, soldiers and gurkhas to join together and take part in an event that combines determination, hard work, fun and charity in aid of a worthwhile and honourable organisation.

Good luck to everyone!

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