Put your best foot forward for charity

The challengers from last year's event
The challengers from last year's event

A charity is asking local people to run, walk, cycle or swim five kilometres for 50 days to raise money for a good cause and get fit.

Using the facilities provided by Links Park Stadium in Montrose, and alternative venues throughout Angus and the Mearns, the Links Park Community Trust (LPCT) are in the process of developing and delivering upon an extensive range of sporting, healthy and educational programmes.

The idea of the 50-day sponsored challenge is to complete 5 km everyday for those days either walking, running, swimming or cycling or a bit of all four.

Gemma Lownie, admin and fund-raising coordinator at LPCT, said: “At LPCT we rely entirely on donations, sponsorship and income from fund-raising activities and as a registered charity, donors can rest assured that every penny raised is put to very good use enhancing our unique programmes.”

She added: “We are hoping to have 50 challengers take part and ask that they each raise £50, with the option to give all monies raised to us or to split their sponsors 50/50 with ourselves and a worthy cause of their choice.”

The challenge will start on Monday, May 5, and run for 50 days with the option for challengers to take up to two days off per week.

Gemma said: “This will mean it will take them longer to complete the challenge but it is each individual’s choice.

“The main point is to get people up and exercising everyday, it will also work as a great ‘Get Fit for the Summer Holidays’ motivator.”

She added: “This challenge sits firmly within our ‘health’ strand and we are appealing to local individuals to participate not only to raise funds, but also to increase upon their physical activity levels.

Last year, 25 people took part in LPCT’s 50 day 5km challenge, raising valuable funds in the process for LPCT, and also worthy causes of their choosing, which included the Rhys Allan Fund, Stonehaven Renal Appeal and Macmillan Cancer Support Nurses.

Gemma concluded: “The challenge was well received last year and we raised a considerable amount of money for Links Park Community Trust and our education programmes, which we are currently piloting every Friday at Links Park, with primary one, three, five and seven pupils from all Montrose Schools.”

For more information about the LPCT and the 50 day challenge, please visit their website www.linksparkct.org.uk