Tackling the world’s ‘toughest event’

Pictured: Mark (right) with Val Duke who will be taking part in the challenge as well.

Pictured: Mark (right) with Val Duke who will be taking part in the challenge as well.

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A Brechin man is preparing to take part in the ‘Tough Mudder’ event at Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries, on Sunday, July 15.

The event, billed as ‘probably the toughest event in the world’ will see Mark Arbuthnott tackle a 10-12 mile obstacle course, created by Special Forces. It is designed to test participants strength, stamina, determination and camaraderie.

Mark, who is a local judo coach as well as a staff nurse as Brechin Infirmary, is doing the course to raise money for the Angus branch of Alzheimers Scotland.

Throughout his nursing career, Mark has work extensively with people who suffer from Alzheimers.

Speaking of his challenge, Mark said: “The event is pretty extreme and very difficult to complete without the assistance of team-mates and I thought this a great parallel for Alzheimers.”

Mark, who will be joined by colleagues from Dundee Judo club, hopes to raise £1000 for the Alzehimers charity.

The charity is involved in numerous local projects to help those suffering from the disease, and their family.

To donate to Mark’s cause you can visit his fund-raising site at www.justgiving.com/Mark-Arbuthnott or you can donate by text, by texting MRKA69 £1 (for instance) to 70070. Cash donations can also be made by contacting Mark on 01356-626791