Northumberland Freemason takes on Ultra Challenge for TLC

On May 28th Guy Smith, of Holmes Lodge no. 2571, will take on a daunting ultramarathon in order to raise funds for the Northumberland Teddies for Loving Care charity.

The ninety-six mile ‘West Highland Way Challenge Race’ is an ‘ultra-trail’ marathon and includes 14,700ft of ascent to be completed within 35 hours.

The event will begin at Fort William and include checkpoints at; Kinlochleven at 14 miles; Glen Coe Chairlift at 25 miles; Bridge of Orchy at 35 miles; Ochtertyre at 44 miles Beinglas at 54 miles Rowardennan at 68 miles; Drymen at 83 miles and finally finishing outside the Town Hall at Milngavie.

Sadly Guy had to bow out of the event last year due to severe blisters on the soles of his feet around 70 mile mark. Guy said,

I’m once again attempting this mammoth run over the hills and valleys of beautiful Scotland. After having to bow out last year at 70 miles, I’ve some unfinished business with this event!

Guy Smith tackles a river crossing Guy Smith in actionAs you can imagine, the terrain is very difficult which makes blisters a real concern as well as twisted ankles, falls and general cuts and bruises on feet and legs. Along with this the weather can be unpredictable on the hills so participants must carry all the relevant safety equipment and weather proof clothing alongside any food rations.

Northumberland Freemasons and all the TLC charities across England and Wales wish Guy the very best for the monumental task ahead of him and look forward to hearing about his adventures!

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