Tom’s test of wills in Carnoustie

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A former Royal Marine from Carnoustie is returning to his roots for a very special charity challenge, which by definition is not for the faint-hearted!

Tom Parker (28) is the founder of the Goppin Challenge, an arduous fund-raising adventure race he organised in Somerset in September which raised £750 for the Royal Marine Association (RMA) and the same for Macmillan Cancer Support.

For those not familiar with the lingo, ‘Goppin’ is Marine slang for: “Something that horrifies you, something that is disgusting or something that is down right wrong.”

Tom explained the rationale behind the event which will be held at Barry Buddon in March 2015 and will be supporting the RMA. He said: “The idea came about whilst working abroad on security tasks. I wanted to bring an event to the UK to raise the profile of the RMA and also much needed funds! ‘Goppin’ Challenge is an individual or team obstacle run to promote team work, determination and self-belief amongst all competitors.

“We plan on having around 200 people take part throughout Angus and Dundee for our next event. We are now also donating £5 per ticket straight to the RMA.

He continued: “Fund-raising for the RMA to me is massive, they provide much needed funds and support to serving and former Royal Marines and families. There are various branches throughout the UK made up of serving and former marines trying to raise whatever they can to carry on providing the care and support they currently offer.

“Without fund-raising events such as the ‘Goppin’ Challenge, there would be a risk of future help being unavailable to those who require it.”

Tom is looking forward to coming home and putting his old pals through the course, if you are interested in taking part visit www.goppinchallenge.com or find them on Facebook.