Castle receives support from local athlete’s challenge

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A Deeside runner has completed a 100 mile run, raising over £1000 for Braemar Castle, to support the communities efforts with the castle.

Nick Mardall completed the full length of the West Highland Way on Saturday June 21, raising £1276 so far for Braemar Castle.

Runners are expected to complete the annual race, which is officially 95 miles long, in under 34 hours.

To make is a round number, and more of a challenge, Nick added an extra five miles to his run, which included 14,760ft of overall ascent.

The route runs from Milngavie to Fort William.

Nick undertook the sporting challenge to raise money for the castle, as he wanted to recognise the hard work of the community which makes Braemar Castle a great working asset for the village.

The popular visitor attraction is community-run and sees numerous events held in the castle and grounds every year.

Two years ago Nick and Alan Smith ran 56 miles through the Lairig Ghru and back and the run this year was just to attempt a much longer distance.

Nick said he felt that his run was nothing compared to the work the volunteers put into the castle. There is still a chance to donate online at