Best foot forward!

A Donside woman will captain a team of walkers who are to take on an epic adventure through stunning Perthshire countryside as part of this year’s Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp.

Local team, ‘The Camel Club’ will participate in the Yomp, under the captaincy of Jane Fowlie, of Alford.

From June 30 to July 1, Yompers can go for the bronze distance at 22 miles, silver at 36.5 miles or the ultimate 52 mile gold challenge to raise money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust. The 52 mile route starts and finishes in Blairgowrie.

Jane and her team, from Aberdeen, will trek through Kirkmichael, Spittal of Glenshee and Kirton of Glenisla with checkpoints and support teams on hand along the way.

Jane said: “It’s great that the Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp offers distance goals for different walking abilities, as it means that more people can take part and do their bit for charity.

“We’re hoping to do our best and complete the gold – the full 52 miles – and we’re really looking forward to enjoying the adventure activities at the checkpoints along the way.”

A ’yomp’ is the term used by soldiers for a long distance march carrying their full kit. However, the Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp offers challenges and surprises including archery, clay pigeon shooting and adventurous activities along the way.

The gruelling challenge will see over 200 participants raise money for The Soldiers’ Charity which makes financial grants to support serving and former soldiers and their families in their time of need.

The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust - which awards loans and grants to small businesses across Scotland – will receive a third of the proceeds as the chosen charity of the title sponsor Alliance Trust.

Encouraging teams to sign up, Katherine Garrett-Cox, CEO of the Alliance Trust said: “Following the success of the first Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp in 2011, we are set to make this year even bigger and better.

“Last year, we saw different teams of colleagues, friends and families come together to take on the Yomp together, and the camaraderie amongst the teams across the weekend was inspiring.

“We hope more teams will sign up this year and help make a difference to two great charities that support people across the country.”

Anyone wishing to set themselves a challenge for 2012, is invited to get a team of three to six people together and register for the Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp.

For more information, visit: www.soldierscharity.org/yomp or e-mail: yomp@soldierscharity.org