Monster effort for Loch Ness race

Chris gets ready for his big swim
Chris gets ready for his big swim

An insurance broker from Larbert is about to undertake a monster effort by swimming through Loch Lomond and running along Loch Ness.

Chris McCourt is pushing himself to the limit to raise cash for research into motor neurone disease, from which his late grandmother suffered.

The 20-year-old will plunge into the chilly waters of Loch Lomond on August 24 to take part in the Great Scottish Swim.

And then on September 29 he’ll swap his trunks for running shorts and aim to complete a tough 10 kilometre race along the banks of Loch Ness.

If that wasn’t enough, he’ll then undertake an eye-watering skydive from a height of 10,000 feet.

Chris is hoping to raise more than £1000 in aid of MND Scotland, which supports those with motor neurone disease.

His gran Kathleen Crosbie, from Larbert, was just 68 when she died.

“She was diagnosed with MND in 2003,” said Chris.

“It quickly had a very visible effect on her and, in front of all our eyes, our wee Gran was unable to get around the way she once did.

“This was absolutely heartbreaking to see for everyone that had the pleasure of knowing my gran as they all knew what a bubbly and lively person she was.

“If she wasn’t pulling the couch in front of the TV for the grandchildren, she was singing and dancing at family parties.

“MND Scotland is the only charity in Scotland that provides a great range of facilites which can greatly benefit and comfort families when affected by MND.”

Chris is not the only member of his family raising cash for MND. He’ll be joined for the Loch Ness race by his cousins, Jonathan Cooper, Matthew Cooper, Lewis Crosbie and Brad Crosbie.

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