Lasswade’s Mike rises to charity challenge

Mike Philp (in black) and his team at the start of this year's Caledonian Challenge.
Mike Philp (in black) and his team at the start of this year's Caledonian Challenge.

A TEAM of charity fundraisers has raised more than £2000 following this year’s Caledonian Challenge.

Led by Mike Philp, a service receptionist with Penicuik-based Subaru and Isuzu car dealer AF Noble and Son, the team took part in the punishing round-the-clock event through the Scottish Highlands.

Mike, who lives in Lasswade, drew on his previous Caledonian Challenge experience from 2009.

Alongside his wife Tracy and two friends – Alasdair McDermid and Stewart Carbray – Mike completed the equivalent of two ascents of Ben Nevis in a hugely impressive personal-best time of 22 hours and 38 minutes.

In total, the intrepid quartet raised £2,008 for charity by completing the challenge, which involves walking from Gairlochy to Auchtertyre across mountainous terrain, traversing high ridges in pitch darkness and battling both the elements and physical exhaustion en route to the finishing line.

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