3.30am in a lovely Scottish town called Moffatt the 16 gladiators managed to drag themselves out of bed,shower and don the golfing gear that would make us legends in our own minds.
The 8 teams each 2 golfers set out in a very picturesque village loading up the golf bags and setting out for the first of three 18 hole rounds of golf in Scotland, Wales and England, easy i here you say? well this was going to be completed in 24hrs!!! or at least we hoped so.
Regalead organised this challenge as part of the continued fund raising and support for the very worthy charity HelpforHeroes,
The bookies had to be on their toes for this and the teams were set out as follows
team 1 – Guy Hubble (Regalead) and Chris Kemp (Inagas) 8/1
team 2 – Andy Jones (Edgetech) and Joe Hague (Promac) 4/1
team 3 – Robert Bloomfield (Regalead) and Michael Thomas (Regalead) 7/1
team 4 – Chris Champion (Glass News) and Kevin Greenfield (KLG Glass) 9/1
team 5 – Paul Buckley and Nick Whyte (DDP) 13/2
team 6 – Paul Edwards (Regalead) and Lee Clarke (MyTradeTV) 26/1
team 7 – Mark Bowskill (MasterGlass) and Kevin Caveney (Nationwide Windows) 9/2
team 8 – Bob Sturrock (Abacus Agents) and Linsey Whyte (DDP) 10/1
The first tee off was at 5am but not before a team photo outside the clubhouse to show our support for the heroes.
It was a stunning course and from the very start it was competitive and lots of fun.The Regalead girls Vicki and Gemma were absolute stars keeping us topped up with breakfast and drinks.
In beautiful surroundings and rolling backdrops it was a tough first course with the morning dew and biting midges we managed to get around in pretty good time, after a disaster start on the front 9 for our very own Lee Clarke ( a theme continued throughout) he managed to save grace on the back 9 and both he and Paul came in with a respectable score!!! or we thought so until we saw 3 very high scores come in.
Whilst totting up the scores on the first course we managed to have our photo taken with a returning serviceman.
We packed the vans back up and set off towards Wales, the weather was really starting to hot up and it was a long distance journey which was made a little easier by great company.
We arrived in wales at around 1pm not far off schedule, the weather was red hot and everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the golf buggies were set out for this course. I am not sure if it was bad luck or competitive streaks but rumour has it that 2 drivers were broken on this course, eventually it was found to be caused by poor driving of the buggies =)
Another fine round and some very respectable scores were made on the course in Old Padeswood Buckley, The course was very nice and the pace was now being set by 3 teams for the trophy.
The round was completed and we set out for the third and final course at Chorlton Cum Hardy, the drive caught up with a few people and tiredness crept in but when we arrived we realised we needed to move quickly around the third course as the light wasnt going to last forever.
With that in mind we quickly teed off and the pace played gave Lee Clarke from MyTradeTV a perfect excuse for a poor third round (speed golf isnt his thing) It did not however stop some of the teams having another very good round and even with the sun going down making it very hard to play golf, some players kept their nerves and played to win right to the end.
Teams and players trickled through to the last hole in pitch black conditions and were greeted with a very well deserved sandwich and the last team came home at 11pm!!!
After totting up the scores it was a very tight finish with the eventual runners up Robert Bloomfield and Michael Thomas missing out by a single shot!
A big congratulations to the eventual winners Andy Jones of Edgetech and Joe Hague from Promac, the trophy was presented and a very tired set of people headed back to the hotel for the night.
It was a great day and over £4000 was raised for HelpforHeroes a special mention to all of the players on the day all raising the money and to the Regalead team for organising the day and looking after everyone on the day, including organising the golf, keeping us refreshed and also the long driving from Paul and Guy.
We re still taking donations so if you want to be kind and can spare a small amount of cash it would be much appreciated, you can donate on this page.
Thanks guys and good luck with the future fundraising
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