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Methil Waste Water works. ltr john Mathews, Kyle Mclean, Jim Finlayson, Steven Gabor, Duncan Selkirk, front Martin Bell, Mandy White, Kenny Young. 4 June 15
Methil Waste Water works. ltr john Mathews, Kyle Mclean, Jim Finlayson, Steven Gabor, Duncan Selkirk, front Martin Bell, Mandy White, Kenny Young. 4 June 15
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A Leven man and two friends are celebrating after they were named best team in the recent Caledonian Challenge.

Martin Bell, who works at Methil’s Waste Water Treatment Works, took on the 54-mile feat with friends Kenny Young, John Matthews and Stefan Gabor.

Competing against dozens of other teams, the friends took four of the top 10 individual spots – Martin in third, John in fourth, Stefan fifth and Kenny sixth – to be named first team overall.

The Caledonian Challenge is a marathon along part of the West Highland Way, starting at Gairlochy and ending up in Tyndrum, Crianlarich.

The team trained for six months for the challenge, Kenny told the Mail.

“The build-up was hard. We’re all busy and have full-time jobs so the only time we could train was early in the morning. Right through the winter, we had our head torches on as we went up the Lomond Hills at 6.00 a.m.”

Kenny said the challenge itself was “very tough going” with some of the hardest terrain he’s ever come across. But it was all worth it in the end, as the team raised £1500 for Foundation Scotland, which hands out grants to projects right across the country.