Soldier completes yomp with six minutes to spare

An Exmouth soldier is celebrating after completing an arduous charity challenge.

Sergeant Andrew Osborn, 50, took on the Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp to raise money for The Soldiers Charity and The Alliance Trust Staff Foundation.

The Yomp challenged entrants to walk 54 miles across hilly Scottish countryside in 24 hours - a feat Sgt Osborn managed with six minutes to spare!

Sgt Osborn, who lives in Morton Crescent, entered the Yomp as part of team HammerAxe, alongside Corporal Julian Woods and Corporal Christopher Biggs.

The team was among 240 entrants to take on the competition’s gold route, less than half of whom made it to the finish.

Sgt Osborn said: “To say it was hard would be a major understatement, but it was a marvellous experience for us all.

“The going was tough, and on some of the terrain you would have been better off with a swamp buggy than on foot.

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“The scenery was stunning but, by 40 miles, most of my concentration was on the two feet of ground in front of me.

“I would like to thank all my sponsors for their support and the team as a whole is proud to have made a small contribution The Soldiers Charity to enable them to continue their good work.”

Currently the team’s fundraising total stands at �1,500, but with donations still being accepted until September, the team is still hopeful of reaching their �2,000 target.

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