Tyne Tunnel trekkers gear up for 54 mile charity challenge

An intrepid group of colleagues from the Tyne Tunnels have teamed up to do the Cateran Yomp, a gruelling 54 mile, 24 hour trek, in aid of a military charity.

Tony Harbison, Phil Dixon, Michael Ayre, all of whom work together at TT2 Limited, the operator of the Tyne Tunnels, will travel to Perthshire to take part in the challenge, along with their colleague and support driver Angus Fergusson.

The group, who have chosen the team name ‘Tyne Tunnel Trekkers, have been training hard for the event, including a trip to Northumberland to take part in the Allendale Challenge, another outdoor charity even in aid of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Service.

The Cateran Yomp is organised by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, formerly known as the Army Benevolent Fund, which as the Army’s National Charity supports more than 5,000 soldiers, veterans, and their families in need. Participants can take part in gold, silver and bronze options, which are 54, 36.5 and 22 miles long respectively.

The Tyne Tunnel Trekkers, who are going for gold, chose to support this charity because Phil Dixon and Michael Ayre are both ex-servicemen and Tony Harbison has a nephew currently serving in the Parachute Regiment.

The term ‘Yomp’ came into everyday usage during the Falklands Conflict, when journalists reporting from the front line used the word, having learned it from Royal Marines, who due to the destruction of several military helicopters ‘yomped’ across the islands while carrying 35kg of equipment each.

Team Captain Phil Dixon said: “We’re looking forward to the challenge, it’s a brilliant opportunity to raise money for a cause close to the hearts of all involved. Walking 54 miles in 24 hours will be no easy feat, but with the training we’ve done and the support we’ve received from TT2 Limited we’re well prepared.”

Stu Sutton, Operations Manager at TT2 Limited, said : “We’re all wishing the Tyne Tunnel Trekkers well. At TT2 we take corporate social responsibility very seriously, so we were keen to support an event like this that both raises money for a worthy cause and promotes healthy lifestyle choices among our colleagues.”

To take part in the ‘yomp’ each participant has to raise at least £400, which thanks to the generosity of friends, family and colleagues the group are well on their way to achieving. Anyone wishing to donate to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and support Tony, Phil and Michael, can do so by visiting http://fundraising.soldierscharity.org/TYNETUNNELTREKKERS


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