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We're up for the challenge; ROARING FUN.

Byline: Lanrick Estate

Six years of fundraising fun came to an end on Saturday with the final Lanrick Challenge near Doune.

The charity event first took place in 2014 on the Lanrick Estate, organsied by Alistair Dickson and wife Penny to honour their son Sandy, who died aged 14 in a drowning accident while on holiday in Canada.

Following the tragedy, the Dicksons set up The Sandpiper Trust which provides vital equipment to medics in Scotland's rural and island areas.

Penny told the Observer last month: "We've had so much fun organising the challenge, and it's been an incredible experience.

"However, we know that we can't really do it anymore. I organise the whole thing with my daughter, who now has three children, and I've not got the energy to keep it going."

And the final Lanrick Challenge was a resounding success, raising PS35,500 on the day to bring the total raised over six years to PS115,500.

Penny said: "Looking back over the six years we have hosted this event, the resounding memories will be of laughter, teamwork, personal challenges and a massive adventure.

"It has been hard work and we could not have done it without the tremendous support of our incredible group of volunteer course builders, helpers, marshals, first aiders and sponsors.

"It has been a chance for people from all walks of life and levels of fitness to take their own challenges at their own pace and raise money for two great causes."

On Saturday, around 350 men, women and children aged between five and 80 took part in the challenge and the PS35,00 raised will be split between The Sandpiper Trust and Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA).

The competitors chose either a 6km or 12km course for their challenges, encountering 50 obstacles along the way including scramble nets, tree climbs, monkey bars, mud slides and river crossings.

The action-packed day began with a special challenge for 50 mini mudrunners aged between five and 12 who sped noisily around a 2km version of the main Challenge and were then on hand to watch and cheer those on the main course.

Penny added: "Main sponsor Nairns Oatcakes were well represented and we are extremely grateful to them for supporting us."

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Team bonding Stirling County's under 18 rugby squad

Happy Sarah Shaw on the waterslide

Tables turned Bryan Robertson - who took all the photos at the Challenge - was persuaded to tackle the water slide

Ready to go Five young friends take up the Challenge

The way ahead Young James Burdett is heading in the right dire

Top trio Sarah Shaw, Rona Lockyer and Jane Jephcott

Muddy marvellous Waist-deep in water - and still smiling

Leader Stirling County youth rugby coach Allan Imrie

Happy memories Penny and Alistair Dickson, who set up The Sandpiper Trust

Wading Stirling County Under 18 ruplayer Sam Clark

Here's mud in your eye! One Challenger who didn't mind the dirt

Doggy paddle David Lyle with his dog. David works with NFU Mutual, one of the sponsors

Let's go The youngsters set off on their Challenge

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Aug 9, 2019
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