Challenge Yourself for Veterans

Veterans’ charity Erskine is on the look-out for people who want to get fit, have fun and raise funds for veterans by taking part in a challenge event during 2017.


The charity has limited spaces in numerous events including the new Stirling Marathon; Forth Rail Bridge Abseil, Edinburgh Marathon and Great Scottish Swim.


As Scotland’s foremost provider of care for veterans and their spouses, Erskine offer unrivalled nursing, residential, respite and dementia care in four homes. The charity has to raise £8.9million each year to provide this care and therefore rely heavily on donations from generous fundraisers.


Last year 116 people took part in challenge events to raise money for Erskine – all having differing reasons for joining #TeamErskine.


Sheila Calder from Kirriemuir, Angus was one such fundraiser who zip slid across the River Clyde raising money for veterans. Sheila said: “I thought it was something different and out of the ordinary.  I was looking forward to it prior to the day but when I was actually hooked onto the zip slide the excitement changed to fear for a split second. Then when the zip took my weight, my feelings were of calmness and excitement.  It was a brilliant feeling travelling down the wire and I immediately asked if I could do it again! I would encourage others to go for it as it was a great experience and it enabled me to raise money for a very good cause.”

So if you are up for the challenge, there are numerous events which might take your fancy.

The first ever Stirling Scottish Marathon is taking place on 21st May– Starting at Blair Drummond Safari Park, the route winds through the stunning Stirlingshire countryside passing landmarks including Doune Castle and the National Wallace Monument before finishing beneath the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle.


Thrill seekers can take part in the Forth Rail Bridge Abseil on 21st May – Freefalling 165ft SAS style from the Bridge over the Firth of Forth onto the sandy beach below.


The Edinburgh Marathon has been rated the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World Magazine and takes place this year on Sunday 28th May. A flat picturesque route, running eastwards from the city centre to the finish in Musselburgh, it is the perfect choice for a runner completing a marathon for the first time or a marathon regular determined to set a personal best time.


On 26th August, you can compete in The Great Scottish Swim in Loch Lomond.  Completing the one mile open water swim, you will be surrounded by mountains, wildlife, forest and glens of the Loch.  It’s your choice whether you enjoy a leisurely swim to take in the scenery or go for speed to finish in your fastest time.


To find out more about any of the events please call Jennifer Campbell on 0141 814 4729 or e-mail


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