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Ellon man to attempt 400km birthday run

By Grant Milne

Martin Longmuir will attempt the incredible feat in August.
Martin Longmuir will attempt the incredible feat in August.

AN Ellon man is to run 400km and scale two Munro's to celebrate a milestone birthday.

Martin Longmuir has raised thousands for charity in the past after completing runs from one coastline to another in addition to triathlons.

But this August, he'll take on an even more daunting challenge for Friends of Anchor.

Martin will begin the 10-day trek by climbing two summits of An Teallach, before crossing the Glen Shiel Ridge and through the Cairngorms, eventually landing at Bennachie - escalating a total of 16,000m along the 240-mile terrain.

He said: "I'm turning 40 this year and I wanted to do something to push myself while raising funds at the same time. I've done some crazy challenges in the past, but this one is probably the wildest yet.

“Unfortunately, I’ve seen many people in my life fight cancer, including my own mum. When I was 17, a classmate lost their battle to Leukaemia and since then, I’ve been fundraising for Friends of Anchor.”

“Having completed most of your standard bucket list goals, I decided to go bigger than I’ve ever done before. Pushing myself both physically and mentally.”

“I was in the army, so I know what it’s like to physically push myself, but this challenge is further than I’ll have pushed my body yet. Some days are easier than others.

"Recently, I opened up on social media about the days where it hurts, but I know I need to push through them because it’s only going to get harder. Having a platform to talk about the good days and the bad days is great for the mind.”

“My training can look slightly different day to day, depending on anything from the weather to my mood. I’ve got to continue working on my endurance, as that’s what will get me through, so most mornings you’ll find me up and out at the crack of dawn running 20km over Bennachie, or in the gym doing weighted runs on the treadmill.”

Martin has raised almost half of his £1000 fundraising target thus far.

Donations are gratefully accepted online at www.virgingivingmoney.com/martinlongmuir.

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