THE brother of late Crossgates Army Captain David Seath has completed a "truly memorable" 50 kilometre challenge in support of the charity set up in his memory.

Gary Seath, together with colleagues from Edinburgh Napier University, marked the longest day of the year on Friday by running 10 park run routes to raise almost than £1,400 for the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund.

The epic challenge – which began in the capital at 4.26am, and finished in Dunfermline at 10.04pm – saw the team, which also included Ben Waite, Wade Cormack, Kirsty Gray, Ali Dourley, Nicky Freedman and Kathy Henly, also run routes at Portobello, Meadowmill, Vogrie, Livingston, Falkirk, Loch Leven, Lochore Meadows and Kirkcaldy.

The funds raised will help the fund – which was set up in memory of David, 31, after he tragically died while running the 2016 London Marathon – continue to support Help for Heroes' services for serving armed forces personnel and veterans living with life-changing physical injuries and psychological trauma.

More than £290,000 has been raised to date, and Gary commented: "The #CDSMF50KChallenge proved a truly memorable day and I am sincerely grateful to the commitment and dedication our running and logistical support teams demonstrated throughout the 19 hours.

"We were buoyed on further as we learned a number of inspirational individuals who joined us at Cramond had decided to join us for the duration, most of whom had ran the 2016 London Marathon on the day David tragically died and had, in actual fact, ran past him, which was very emotional and poignant to reflect upon so early in the day.

"It's difficult to find the words to describe how you feel when there's a commitment to your brother's legacy in a manner like that."

Gary continued: "Throughout the day, the team spirit was fantastic and, despite not having met a number of our team until the day itself, rapport was easily established along the way through humour, solidarity and a real focus on the objective.

"This entire experience has highlighted the true power of community spirit, determination and selfless commitment. Our #CDSMF50KChallenge served to bring runners, veterans, friends and family together in such a unique way.

"What truly blew us away was the support we received from so many runners who joined us at the various park runs, many of whom decided to join us for several more of the phases.

"We simply cannot thank everyone enough for their support, passion for our cause and generous donations."

The funds will provided social, sporting and learning activities, support, camaraderie and a wide range of opportunities to almost 800 veterans, and their families and carers, across Scotland through Help for Heroes Fellowship programme.

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