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I’m happy with 54!!!

Whilst you lucky people were watching The Old Firm game the other week I was trudging over the Yorkshire 3 Peaks getting my last bit of training in, listening to it on the radio. My, them 2 hours were pain free and joyful. It would be another 10hrs till I got home to watch the recorded version in full.

Myself and 5 ex comrades will be competing in the Cateran Yomp, (rural Perthshire), 54 miles in under 24 hours for The ABF (Army Benevolent fund) the Soldiers Charity 8/9th June. It’s also their 75th Anniversary this year. The ABF supports/works with the Erskine Veterans and I believe donated £150.000 this year.

This is my 4th and though I suffer for weeks afterwards, you should see some of the others who would make you stomach turn, toenails falling off and blisters the size of your fist. I never tire of this event but realise I’ve only got a couple more in me.

2016: We finished in the top 100 out of 1200, how I don’t know, I’m guessing as we didn’t know the route or where we stood in the field.

2017: It rained for 22hrs and 32mins and I were solo is all I remember. My daughter popping by for support, 36 mile checkpoint starving, “what they got for food“…”it’s alright dad, we’ve eaten”.        

2018: My proudest moment, passing over the finish line with my daughter. A girly girl who went through all the emotions and more but never gave up. Giving me the funniest moment unintentionally at the 50 mile point whilst we sat down next to a veteran amputee (leg) who’s pain killers weren’t working anymore. I nodded to her in his direction as to why we were here, hoping to get that last bit of energy she had left as she was on empty. (Her) “My blisters are worse dad” (me) “he’s only got one leg” (her) “that’s beside the point”. She’s doing it again this year.

2019: To be continued:

 

http://fundraising.soldierscharity.org/stevegillespie 

 

Thanks to anyone who sponsored me and all the other charities you greatly donate. Please remove if unsuitable admin.

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Just now, Blueteeth said:

Click bait, was ready for calling the topic starter all sorts of cunts until I found out what it was about :lol:

Canny isn't it, I knew the number would get a rise 😂

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4 minutes ago, Courtyard Bear said:

Wee donation sent over mate. 👍

Your daughter sounds like mine she comes out with absolute comic gems and doesn’t even realise it. 

I could write a book about her, bundle of fun. Thank you.

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16 minutes ago, Malkytfp1 said:

The amount of people on here deleting the word 'tarrier' right now after reading.

 

Great achievement btw.

By far the best event I've been involved in, the camaraderie and people generally going out their way to make you succeed is phenomenal. 

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9 minutes ago, DerekJohnstone said:

Always looking for Volunteers and participants 🤔😁

Take me a real good while in training mate to get fit for that mate.Look fit, nae real stamina anymore. Still a stunner at half a hunner btw. 😀

I would be wanting a flask of soup and pieces half way just driving 54 miles. 😉

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1 minute ago, SonOfLuther said:

Take me a real good while in training mate to get fit for that mate.Look fit, nae real stamina anymore. Still a stunner at half a hunner btw. 😀

I would be wanting a flask of soup and pieces half way just driving 54 miles. 😉

Something to train for? I'm 53 and can still compete with the youngsters, more mental than physical imo. They do a haggis supper near the 30 mile mark 😉

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8 minutes ago, DerekJohnstone said:

Something to train for? I'm 53 and can still compete with the youngsters, more mental than physical imo. They do a haggis supper near the 30 mile mark 😉

I agree mate, mostly in the mind.

I currently have an arm out it's socket and getting injections.

Injuries elsewhere through my lifetime would defo see me in training for a while.

When I'm on a more sound financial footing again, I can contribute better financially.

Time being, it's small donations I'm afraid at sporadic intervals.

That is the best I can do mate, for now  😎 :UK:

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4 minutes ago, SonOfLuther said:

I agree mate, mostly in the mind.

I currently have an arm out it's socket and getting injections.

Injuries elsewhere through my lifetime would defo see me in training for a while.

When I'm on a more sound financial footing again, I can contribute better financially.

Time being, it's small donations I'm afraid at sporadic intervals.

That is the best I can do mate, for now  😎 :UK:

Sometimes it isn't all about the money, better getting people involved and spreading the word has a much bigger effect. Thank you for your support. 😎

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1 minute ago, DerekJohnstone said:

Sometimes it isn't all about the money, better getting people involved and spreading the word has a much bigger effect. Thank you for your support. 😎

100% agree about creating awareness.

Those familiar with my posts elsewhere will agree.👍

I will share your endeavours with many mate, video will be a must when I do.

You're all outstanding people. 😎

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Got me interested in this, may just have a crack at this next year if I can keep the back in one piece. 

Can do a good 20mile hike at the moment, good steady increase for next year should see me get it done. 

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2 minutes ago, Rangers#1 said:

Good Luck mate, donation made :UK:

Thank you, we as a group are doing pretty well (top 20) raising money thanks to guys like yourself. We raised £3000 last year for the ABF, looks like we'll smash it. :bow::dance:

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2 hours ago, Courtyard Bear said:

Got me interested in this, may just have a crack at this next year if I can keep the back in one piece. 

Can do a good 20mile hike at the moment, good steady increase for next year should see me get it done. 

Well if you need any tips or struggling for a team give us a shout. :dance:

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2 hours ago, DerekJohnstone said:

Something to train for? I'm 53 and can still compete with the youngsters, more mental than physical imo. They do a haggis supper near the 30 mile mark 😉

As a fellow auld cunt this has piqued my interest and I would be interested in joining in next year if I am able to get over. Looks like great fun although the real pain that will kick in after the event will probably not be so pleasant. 

You should post earlier next year to maybe give people who want to join in a chance to get ready and to remind them about it. 

All the best mate I will send a donation when I get my laptop unpacked (just emigrated) and I get access to my bank :tu:

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8 hours ago, DerekJohnstone said:

2017: ........My daughter popping by for support, 36 mile checkpoint starving, “what they got for food“…”it’s alright dad, we’ve eaten”.    

Due to the click bait, I’ll donate, but not on your behalf but yer daughter’s 😀

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36 minutes ago, Ayrshire Blue said:

Due to the click bait, I’ll donate, but not on your behalf but yer daughter’s 😀

Thank you, I'll  tell her. It's really appreciated 🙂

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