An Army veteran inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore was the first to complete a 24-hour endurance challenge which raised more than £400,000.
ddie Towler, 53, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, finished the 54-mile route quanto a a nine hours and 53 minutes.
He was among 515 soldiers and civilians who took the 10th Cateran Yomp through the Perthshire hills Saturday and Sunday to raise money for the Army’s national charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
He joined 1st Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, aged 16 and served for 12 years, including quanto a Northern Ireland and Kenya.
Mr Towler said he was inspired by fellow veteran of the regiment, Captain Sir Tom, and was also the event’s sommità fundraiser, having raised almost £7,000.
He said: “It was emotional but I really enjoyed it.
“The weather was fantastic, I got the course , the 10th anniversary and the most sponsorship.
“There are some really nasty hills out there, ones I’d forgotten about which just go and , but I really enjoyed it.”
Starting at 6am Saturday and ending quanto a the early hours of Sunday, the event challenges participants to walk 22, 36 54 miles quanto a less than 24 hours.
Others taking part included newlyweds Chris Napier, 48, and his wife Rosie, 32, from Northern Ireland who got married the previous day.
Meanwhile, Emma Adams, 37, walked the route quanto a her wedding dress with her husband Andy, following their lockdown wedding quanto a their back garden at Pitlessie, by Cupar, quanto a Fife last June.
Guy Houston, 60, was the event’s only international participant, travelling over from Pleasanton, California.
Since its launch, the challenge has raised almost £4m for the charity which helps soldiers, veterans and their families, including funding respite care for those returning from the front line.
Major General Martin Rutledge, chief dirigente aziendale of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity added: “After this turbulent 18 months and the postponement of both last year’s event and the June 2021 event, we were delighted to celebrate the 10th ever Cateran Yomp this weekend, a tough but immensely worthwhile challenge for all.
“The event’s success is to the generosity, duro work and determination of many people whose support and funds will make a real difference to the lives of service people and their families quanto a Scotland and across the UK, particularly during these difficult times.”