Members set to rise to Three Peaks challenge

MORE used to riding over the hills on horses, members of the Mosstroopers Club are planning to use Shanks’ Pony in an epic fund-raising challenge, writes Gavin Gibbon.

The team of 12, plus two support drivers, will tackle the Three Peaks 24-hour Challenge Walk on June 29.

This will see them scale the highest peaks of Wales, England and Scotland: Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis – over 26 miles and 10,000 feet of ascent – in just one day.

Mosstroopers president Alan Brydon told the Hawick News: “It was committee member Jim Davidson’s idea and everyone thought it was a good one at the time. Whether they think that at the end of Ben Nevis remains to be seen, but we’re all looking forward to it.”

It is hoped the challenge will help raise as much money as possible for the club’s bid to restore the Horse Monument in time for the 2014 quincentenary celebrations of the Battle of Hornshole.

The statue, which was sculpted by William Beattie, was unveiled in 1914 to mark the 400th anniversary of Hornshole and the capture of the Bonnie Banner Blue.

Mr Brydon added: “The bronze will be professionally patinated. We’re going to give it a birthday present by restoring it to its original condition.”

Donations can be made to committee members or via the Mosstroopers website: Sponsorship can also be handed in to the Hawick News office at 4a Towerdykeside.