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The Thirsk Weekly News is a family-owned paper for Thirsk and the surrounding area


28th January, 2023.

An Army veteran, who was forced to give up military life due to injury, is pledging to plough ‘every penny’ back into the charity that helped him rebuild his life by embarking on one of Scotland’s toughest endurance challenges.

Royal Artillery Veteran Lee Harris-Hamer (31), from Thirsk (picuted left, photo credit David Cheskin), is the new Ambassador for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s Cateran Yomp, which challenges teams of soldiers, veterans and civilians to walk 22, 36 or 54 miles across the rugged terrain of the Perthshire countryside in less than 24 hours.

Participants will head off on the Cateran Trail in the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains at 6am first Saturday in June 2023, returning to Blairgowrie in the early hours of Sunday.

Last year’s event raised just over £500,000 for soldiers, veterans and their families, with 630 participants travelling as far as the U.S, Canada, Australia, Cyprus, Poland and the Netherlands..........

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