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Peaks run will raise funds for cardiac screening of young in Sutherland

By Lorna Thompson

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A ROGART native is among a team of Moray based ultra-runners who are limbering up to take on a gruelling fundraising challenge.

Lori MacPherson (34), now living in Mosstodloch, is a member of the four-strong team Run the Peaks who will not only take on the tallest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales, but run the distance between them.

Three Peaks Challengers, from left, Lori MacPherson, Mike Munro, Chris Sutcliffe and Andy Bentley. Picture: Alex Mitchell
Three Peaks Challengers, from left, Lori MacPherson, Mike Munro, Chris Sutcliffe and Andy Bentley. Picture: Alex Mitchell

Her fellow runners are Andy Bentley (43), Lhanbryde; Chris Sutcliffe (39), Hopeman; and Mike Munro (31), Garmouth.

As well as raising funds for charities Abbie’s Sparkle Foundation and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), they will donate to each of the three mountain rescue teams who cover Mount Snowdon in Wales (1085m); Scafell Pike in England (978m); and Ben Nevis (1345m).

Cardiac Risk in the Young has been chosen in memory of Hamish Ross, from Rogart, who died, aged 15, in 2019 of young sudden cardiac death.

A memorial fund for Hamish has been set up by his parents along with CRY.

The fund will pay for cardiac screening tests to be offered to young people in Sutherland.

A former Golspie High School pupil, Lori will be setting out with her fellow runners from Mount Snowdon on Tuesday, August 30.

Running a non-stop relay between each mountain, they expect to complete the trek over four to five days and nights. Each will run on average 140 miles and climb over 19,000ft.

From Mt Snowdon the runners will follow the Wales coastal path before heading north, via Scafell Pike, to Ben Nevis.

For Lori, an occupational therapist, a few 10ks progressed over the last decade to taking on ultramarathons.

She said: “I now have the attitude of ‘yeah sure, I’ll give that a go’ and look where it’s got me!”

The team has taken on a series of training challenges to get into peak condition, including the Goggins Challenge which involves running four miles every four hours for 48 hours.

More information can be found on the team’s website www.runthepeaks.co.uk

Click here to donate. The team hope to raise at least £10,000.

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