Montrose community give £20,000 boost to charity groups

The Montrose community have put their running shoes on or 50 days, raising almost £20,000 for charity groups.

A celebratory event took place at Links Park Stadium on Friday (July 24) to mark the end of another successful ‘50 Day 5km Challenge’.

The annual event, which is managed by the Links Park Community Trust (LPCT), continues to grow year-on-year, raising valuable funds for LPCT, as well as other local and national worthy causes

This is the third year the event has run. Participants were encouraged to raise a minimum of £50, which is split between LPCT and a nominated cause of their choosing, while undertaking the challenge of completing a minimum of 5km (3.1 miles) every day for 50 days.

Despite being recognised as a fundraiser, the initiative also sits firmly within LPCT’s ‘health’ strand and is proving successful in increasing the physical activity levels of participants, not only during the event but afterwards also.

Gemma Lownie, company secretary at the Links Park Community Trust and leader for this project, said: “We had 114 participants this year, which is a dramatic increase on the 26 and 52 we had taking part in year one and two respectively.

“I am delighted to announce that the grand total raised, to date, through the efforts of participants was £19,165.

“What is particularly pleasing is that this money not only benefits the work of LPCT, but also a number of other causes, such as Down Right Fun, Spinal Injuries Scotland and Montrose Maternity Unit amongst many others.

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank all participants for supporting this event and subsequently our work in the community. Funds raised will be put to very good use across our sporting, health and educational programmes.”

For more information on the event, or to register an early interest in next year’s challenge, you can get in touch with Gemma by emailing