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‘Fife Warriors’ tackle military-style yomp

Fife Warriors, from left, Christopher Kleppang, Neil Main and Rob Bruce.

Fife Warriors, from left, Christopher Kleppang, Neil Main and Rob Bruce.

Three friends have tackled a gruelling 54-mile challenge to to raise funds for charities supporting soldiers and young people.

Neil Main, from Gauldry, Rob Bruce, from St Andrews, and Chris Kleppang, from Dundee, formed a team – The Fife Warriors – to take part in the Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Alliance Trust Staff Foundation, which supports projects working with young people.

They completed the route in 20 hours and 30 minutes, raising over £500.

Neil said: “It was no easy task, but it was amazing joining Rob and Chris in a challenge that pushed us to the limit. It was a great experience that we faced head on as a team. The hike brought out the best in team members, highlighting individuals’ abilities to keep others going. It was teamwork at its best!”

A ‘yomp’ is a military term for a long-distance march. Over 500 ‘yompers’ took part in this year’s event, with the first team home completing the course in an impressive 12 hours and 29 seconds.

Major General Martin Rutledge, of The Soldiers’ Charity, said: “The yomp has been a great success. Thanks to the dedication and support of participants, volunteers and everybody involved, we’ve raised £380,000.

“These funds will be invaluable in improving the lives of former and serving soldiers and their families.”

 

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