Sprint Journalism take on the ‘Beast’

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The Sprint Journalism team all managed to struggle through and survive the Banchory Beast Race on Saturday, September 26 and have managed to smash their target of raising £1000 for CLAN cancer support in the process.

The team, comprised of Sean O’Neil of the Fraserburgh Herald, Scott Milne of the Buchan Observer, both Deeside Piper reporters Martyn Simpson and Christopher Bradley, and Lee McCann of the Mearns Leader.

False confidence: Sean, Scott, Bradley, Lee and Martyn

False confidence: Sean, Scott, Bradley, Lee and Martyn

Upon crossing the finish line, self-appointed Team Captain Martyn Simpson said: “The hardest part for me was the water - your legs just seize up in that cold water as soon as you come out and it’s quite a bad pain, but once you’re out and you dry off you’re fine.”

Scott, who crossed the line with Martyn, said: “The hardest part for me was going under the mud because I got it in my eyes and it was absolutely horrible.”

He added: “I found it quite challenging, and struggled with the first uphill section, losing my footing in the deep mud really took it out of me.

“In the end, I’m glad I did it and proud to have finished the race, but my muscles will be aching in the days afterwards - clearly a sign that I’m not as fit as I thought I was.”

Scott and Martyn, ready for a pint

Scott and Martyn, ready for a pint

Lee said: “That last kilometre was actually ridiculous because there were three or four obstacles and those hurdles hurt.”

Though Martyn abandoned Lee, leaving him stuck in the mud in the early stages of the race, he redeemed himself at the final hurdles - literally hurdles - abandoning personal glory to sit by a prostrate Scott Milne and massage him through a painful cramp.

Sean, who had never ran as far as 10K before, was pleased to finish the Beast in the very respectable time of around 1:25:00. He said: “It was tough going at the start up the hill but after that I started to enjoy it a bit more. Glad to have finished it and finished it around my target time.

“If I was doing it again I would probably train a bit more but I said that this time as well. Happy that we raised over our target money for CLAN too and thanks to everyone that donated - you’re all pure sound.”

Onwards: Lee McCann enters the clay

Onwards: Lee McCann enters the clay

To date the team have raised £1,315 and anyone wishing to sponsor them can visit www.justgiving.com/sprintjournalism.