CHARITIES YOMP HOME WITH OVER QUARTER OF A MILLION
Armed Forces Day (Saturday 30 June) saw 480 participants join together to yomp over 36million steps across 18,000 miles to complete the Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp.
Smashing the fundraising target and raising over £250,000 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland, the Yomp challenged walkers of all abilities to go for bronze (22 miles), silver (36.5 miles) or gold (52 miles) in a survival of the fittest set against a stunning Perthshire backdrop.
Yomping home in first place, shaving three hours off the 2011 record, a team from Alliance Trust, ‘The Good, the Mad and the Elderly’ completed gold in 11 hours 34 minutes, passing through Blairgowrie, Kirkmichael, Spittal of Glenshee and Kirkton of Glenisla.
Team member James Myles said: “We are ecstatic to have come in first place and honoured to bring home the gold on behalf of Alliance Trust. At times, the trail was brutal and rugged, but the whole experience has been hugely rewarding.”
Katherine Garrett-Cox, CEO of the Alliance Trust said: “We are thrilled to go into our second year of the event topping our fundraising total and doubling the number of entrants of last year. The 2012 Yomp has been a fantastic success and I was immensely proud to present our outstanding Alliance Trust team with their medals as they crossed the finish line in first place. We welcome all participants, support teams and volunteers to join us again next year!”
David Fox-Pitt, Director of Wildfox Events said: “This year’s Yomp was even bigger and better and it’s fantastic to work with the local community to take over such a beautiful part of Scotland and put the Yomp firmly on the map.”
Next year’s Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp will take place on 15 - 16 June 2013