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Banchory firefighter raises £1200 by completing Bennachie Ultra Marathon

By Kirsty Brown

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A 50km race taking in the peaks of the Aberdeenshire countryside was no uphill struggle for local firefighter Chloe Sangster.

The 27-year-old took part in the Bennachie Ultra Marathon earlier this month raising more than £1200 for The Fire Fighters Charity.

The mother-of-one completed the gruelling event, her first ever ultra run, with an impressive time of five and a half hours.

After reaching the finishing line Chloe, from Banchory Fire Station, had only one thing on her mind.

She said: "After 50k of hill racing all I was thinking about was food.

"I had a sausage roll with a bowl of soup and devoured them."

Chloe Sangster.
Chloe Sangster.

After giving birth to her son Logan eighteen months ago, Chloe likes to set herself a challenge to keep fit and when she heard of the Ultra Marathon she signed up.

She said: "I trained about five times a week going for longer runs each time and adding hills along the way.

"I'd also go the gym for strength training which really helped.

"On the day of the event, when I was nearing 30km I called my partner Stephen to get some inspiration and to take my mind off the pain in my hip.

"That really helped get me through it.

“I'm really pleased with the amount of money I raised for The Fire Fighters Charity as they really need our help to keep going now.

"Firefighting is what I do day in day out and I chose to support them because of the personalised lifelong help they provide for members of the fire services community.”

The Fire Fighters Charity fundraiser Margaret Barnes said: “We’re so thankful for Chloe’s incredible effort to complete this challenge to raise funds for our charity.

"Her hard work, dedication and support will go a long way to helping others”.

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