South Africa no match for local man Garry

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AN ARBROATH man has completed a gruelling African challenge for a local charity.

Garry Whyte recently took part in the South African Ironman Event in Port Elizabeth to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre (Tayside) Ltd.

Garry, who is currently based in Dubai, and his wife, Claire, managed to raise £4,890.80 for the centre, making them their largest single donors of 2011.

He decided to raise money for the MS Therapy Centre after Claire was diagnosed with MS in 2010, and required treatment in a hyperbaric chamber.

Centre manager Steve Miller said: “The staff and members would like to acknowledge this superb effort of human endeavour on our behalf.”

Claire said she was very proud of Garry, who came 114 out of 1,734 entrants, and 18th in his age division with a time of 10 hours and 38 minutes.

The Ironman competition consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles by bike and a 26.2 mile run.

Garry who did most of his training in tough conditions in Dubai said: “I was in a world of pain, but doing it for charity and for people who are not able to do these kinds of things really keeps you going.

“I train at 3 a.m. in Dubai, and knowing that people are sponsoring you and relying on you really motivates you to get out of bed and get going.

“I’m just glad to be in a position to do it.”

The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre (Tayside) Ltd., Peddie Street, Dundee, is completely reliant on charitable donations, and so Garry plans to keep pushing himself to the limit for them.

“Just last week I completed a half distance Ironman in Antwerp, and next July I’m hoping to compete in the Challenge Roth competition in Germany.”

To make a donation to Garry’s fund visit www.justgiving.com/garry-whyte-ironman

Garry is pictured here crossing the finish line in Port Elizabeth.