A GROUP of fitness fanatics will attempt to go the distance this weekend to raise vital funds for the veterans’ charity Erskine.
Supporter Elaine Crichton has teamed up with Faslane Physical Training instructors at SOS Fitness in Helensburgh to organise the challenging event.
Elaine, 33, was inspired to get involved because her father, a former Royal Mechanical Engineer, has been cared for over the past five years at the Bishopton facility.
Elaine wanted to give something back and came up with the plan of completing three 40-minute circuits in three different locations – Hermitage Park, Loch Lomond and Erskine.
Around 60 people have already signed up for the fundraising event, but Elaine is looking for some last-minute additions to her line-up.
Elaine said: “Dad was in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers for 12 years.
“He got dementia when he was quite young and the only place we wanted him to be was in a military hospital.
“The staff at Erskine have looked after him tremendously, so this is our way of giving something back.”
Elaine added: “There are around 60 of us doing the fundraiser so far and we are trying to get as many people on board as possible.”
The event kicks off in Hermitage Park, Helensburgh, at 9am this Sunday.
Supporters are invited to come along and join in or support their efforts by donating from the sidelines.
Alan Moss, Erskine fundraiser, said: “We’d like to encourage anyone interested in taking part to come along and enjoy this outstanding challenge.
“This is a great chance to get fit and take advice from expert Navy fitness instructors. Your donations are vital to help us rebuild shattered lives and provide care for Scottish veterans.”
To support the SOS Sponsored Circuit visit www. justgiving.com/SOSfitness
If you’re interested in taking part in the challenge contact Alan Moss on 0141 814 4555 or email fundraising@ erskine.org.uk