Piper & Herald reporters to tackle Beast Race in Banchory

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Our team of reporters are taking on the Beast Race in Banchory next month raising funds for charity along the way.

Bradley and Martyn will be joined by colleagues Lee McCann from the Mearns Leader, Scott Milne from The Buchan Observer and Sean O’Neil from The Fraserburgh Herald for the 10k obstacle course.

A challenging course the reporters are looking to raise funds for CLAN Cancer Support along the way having seen the great work the charity puts in across the whole of the North East.

The team who have called themselves ‘Sprint Journalism’ will take part in the Beast Race at Knockburn Loch, Banchory on September 26.

The team will drag themselves through thick mud; climb over 12ft-high wooden walls; wade through shoulder-high bog water; pile over pontoons; scurry under barbed wire; jump into an icy loch; slide into deep water and get tangled in a giant rope web.

When they get through that they will then bounce over hurdles; clamber up a tower of giant bales; feel their way through pitch-black tunnels; scramble over vertical cargo nets; dunk under massive water pontoons and thrash up steep loose slopes.

Piper reporter and team captain Martyn Simpson, says that the boys are looking forward to raising money for a fantastic local charity.

“CLAN have offices in all of our catchment areas and we’re always keen to try and help them out with publicity, but in The Banchory Beast we saw an opportunity to raise some money as well as awareness for the charity all while pushing ourselves to the physical limit.

“It’s a daunting task, 10k is hard enough before adding in all the obstacles.

“We’re all in the process of training at the moment and you’ll be able to check in on our progress every week with columns from the different reporters.

“It’s an excellent cause and a charity I’m sure many of our readers will be well aware of so I’m hoping our audience will help us to raise as much as possible.”

To make a donation to the team visit https://www.justgiving.com/sprintjournalism or visit the office to speak to Martyn or Bradley.

Susan Crighton, CLAN’s fundraising manager, said: “The popularity of the Banchory Beast Race continues to rise and it’s fantastic that a team of reporters from the north-east’s Johnston Press publications has decided to take part on behalf of CLAN.

“With CLAN operating a number of support and wellbeing centres throughout the north-east of Scotland, its links with the local press in each area are vital in terms of raising awareness and support of the regionalised bases.

“The support that is regularly shown by these papers to CLAN is extremely beneficial and I can’t thank them enough for their continued efforts.”

Are you running the Beast Race? Please email us at news@deesidepiper.com and we’d be delighted to share your story.