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Michael WoodFormer Squaddie encourages country to run Loch Ness Marathon for veterans

A former Squaddie is encouraging runners across Scotland to run the Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon in aid of the country’s veterans.

Michael Wood, who served for 13 years in the Royal Signals, is hoping fellow supporters of the veterans’ charity Erskine will don their running shoes to raise vital funds at this year’s event, which takes place on Sunday 30th September.

Time is running out to secure your place for the challenge event which takes in some of the country’s most spectacular scenery.

This is the first time that Michael, who works for HP, has ran a marathon event. He has previously taken part in a half marathon and other walking events. However, he has been motivated to help Erskine because of his military connection and also the care he has seen first-hand provided by the veterans’ charity.

Michael, from Newton Mearns, said: “I love events in the North of Scotland which is why I have chosen to run Loch Ness. It’s a great opportunity to take the caravan and make a holiday out of it. I’ve it’s a terrific event so I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m running for Team Erskine because of my military connections. I first got the inspiration as a TA instructor when we raised money for Erskine and visited the main home in Bishopton. We got to see the care the veterans receive first-hand and it was fantastic to see such a haven for ex-Service personnel. It’s a great charity and I’m proud to support them, especially as they are a Scottish charity. I would encourage anyone who is up for a challenge to join Team Erskine today.”

Erskine cares for more than 1,300 veterans each year and must raise £144,000 each week to continue to provide the high standard of care for its ex-Service men and women at five homes across Scotland.

Alan Moss, Erskine Fundraiser, added: “Help us to be there for our veterans when they need it most. Erskine’s care in Scotland can only continue with the support of people like Michael. You too can make a really positive difference by taking on the Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon challenge today!”

There are Team Erskine places available for runners of all abilities at events including the Baxter Loch Ness Marathon, 10k and 5k.

For a free running pack or information about other running events, please call 0141 814 4555, email team@erskine.org.uk or visit www.erskine.org.uk

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