Duo take on a weighty charity challenge...

The walkers
The walkers

A North- east pair are each carrying a 50lb backpack on a ten day hike from Buckie to Braemar to raise funds for charity Help for Heros.

With support from the Banchory British Legion, Nigel Carter from Inverurie and Ian Innes of Portknockie have been marching the 300 mile circular route, which will see them ascend and descend more than 11,000 feet.

Kicking off on October 17 the pair have, at the time of writing, brought in £2,765 of their £3,000 target for the veteran’s charity.

Help for Heroes provides support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses whilst serving in the British Armed Forces.

The pair said on their charity page before beginning the walk: “... we (have) taken on a huge personal challenge to raise funds for Help for Heroes. These men and women are real Heroes and they need Help. Please choose to help us help them.

“We will walk 300 miles in Scotland in 10 days, each with a 50lb rucksack on our back. We see it as a lap to honour those that sacrifice more than most of us ever could or would.

“300 miles. 50lb. 10 days. It sounds simple but will be very challenging as we will be ascending (and descending!!) nearly half the height of Mount Everest during the 10 days. Please help, we would really appreciate your support.”

For most, walking with a 50 lb rucksack would certainly be back-breaking.

But the average British solider in the likes of Afghanistan would be expected to carry around 145lb while on patrol.

This has lead to western soldiers being referred to as ‘donkeys’ by the Taliban.

To donate please visit the pair’s charity page: http://www.bmycharity.com/H4HLapOfHonour or get in touch via their Facebook account.