Doug takes up the challenge

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An Ellon solicitor is preparing to take part in this month’s gruelling Ythan Challenge to raise funds for a major international Rotary project.

Rotarian Doug Winchester has been in training for the multi-terrain adventure race which will be held in the town on Sunday, June 16.

Doug, 60, has taken part in the event on previous occasions but has vowed this will be his final one.

He told the Times: “I have been training by doing a bit of running and cycling but it gets tougher as you get older.

“I have taken part in three or four challenges but this will definitely be my last.”

His aim is to raise cash for the global Rotary project End Polio Now - the Ellon club is involved in supporting the campaign,

There are now only three polio endemic countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, and with a simple immunisation, children can be prevented from ever contracting the debilitating and potentially fatal illness.

Doug said he has already had a generous response from the Ellon club and others.

Anyone wanting to support his fundraising efforts can make a donation at his office at 57 Station Road, Ellon, or online at The Ythan Challenge The Ythan Challenge is a 10K adventure race along the banks of the Ythan which takes competitors through parts of the Esslemont Estate.

Hay bales, assault nets, a bog and the river itself are some of the obstacles that the runners encounter.

Last year’s event attracted a record number of entries and was favoured by dry weather.

It was won for the third year in a row by Kevin Harper. Victoria Baillie claimed the women’s title for the second consecutive year.