A Bowriefauld man will be taking part in a gruelling physical challenge all in the name of charity in a few weeks’ time.
Richard Stewart, 62, is set to enter the Ben Nevis Challenge - a rigorous one-day event on Saturday, June 7 that sees those taking part walk up and down Ben Nevis before cycling for 15 miles, canoeing three miles over Loch Lochy and cycling 10 miles back to Fort William - to raise funds for Scottish Charity Air Ambulance.
Mr Stewart is part of a four-man team alongside some of his colleagues from Discovery Flexibles in Dundee: Jimmy Urquhart, Mark Robbie and Owen Pritchard will all be joining him in this mammoth task.
The team is entered into the Golden Oldies category thanks to their cumulative age.
Two members of the team, Mr Stewart and Mr Urquhart, will be warming themselves up for the crushing task by running in the upcoming Marafun event.
Marathons are nothing new to Mr Stewart, who has completed five of the long distance events as well as a dozen half marathons.
He was also the winner of the first ever Dundee 10K race, which he won while dressed as a Dalek.
Mr Stewart told the Dispatch: “I’ve been training since November, I’m very well known to the folks at the Forfar Leisure Centre Gym. We’ve been to see the air ambulances and it was great. We’ll be running in Marafun as a warm-up as well. Myself and Jimmy will be running in a team with my son Neil.
“I go out on my bike at weekends and I’m in the gym three times a week.
“Even my wife has been going to the gym with me until she hurt herself.”
To donate, visit the team’s Just Giving site at www.justgiving.com/DiscoveryFlex.