Tyre Challenge to help CLAN Cancer Support

THE team of 15 men and women, led by Norman McConnachie from Newtonhill, will take on their tyre challenge on July 2.
THE team of 15 men and women, led by Norman McConnachie from Newtonhill, will take on their tyre challenge on July 2.

A former commando from Newtonhill is using his attempt to set a new world record to help raise money for a North east charity.

Norman McConnachie, 39, and a group of 15 men and women will take it in turns to carry a 86kg tractor tyre for seven miles on Saturday, July 2. The route will run from Holburn Bridge in Aberdeen to the Heritage Centre in Peterculter and the group are hoping to beat the 1 hour 19 minutes record set by last year’s participants, who were also led by Norman.

All money raised from sponsorship will go towards CLAN Cancer Support.

Norman, who runs Storm Leisure, a North-east fitness company that holds military-style boot camp classes, said: “Everyone knows someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by cancer so I felt CLAN would be a worthy cause to raise money for.

“Everyone has been training really hard for the tractor tyre walk and we are optimistic that we are going to set a new world record next month.”

Susan Crighton, fundraising manager at CLAN, added: “We are very grateful to Norman and his team for choosing to raise money for CLAN whilst taking part in this remarkable challenge. We never cease to be amazed by the variety of things that people do to show their support for us and we wish Norman and his team the best of luck in setting a new world record.”

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which offers support to anyone affected by cancer. Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of Grampian, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN is also developing services in the community and now has a presence in Ballater, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Orkney and Shetland.