Brothers tackle Highland Fling

Billy and Jim Gaffney

Billy and Jim Gaffney

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Three brothers from Corby will show they have true grit when they tackle a gruelling 53-mile race through the Scottish Highlands.

Billy Gaffney, 59, Jim, 65, and Larry, 52, are taking part in the Hoka Highland Fling on Saturday, running the equivalent of two marathons along part of the West Highland Way.

Billy, a member of Corby Athletic Club, along with Jim, said: “This is one of the toughest races in Scotland and a challenge for runners of all ages and experience levels.

“It consists of 53 gruelling miles through all kinds of terrain and weather conditions.

“We have been running for many years and have competed in a large number of major events. Jim and I took part in this race last year and completed it and this year we intend to improve on our finish times. We have spent the last year in intensive training.

“My brothers went up to Scotland ahead of me last week. We think this is the first time three brothers of our ages have taken part in the event.”

The race starts in Milngavie, near Glasgow, and finishes in the Highland village of Tyndrum, following a route through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

To reward competitors, it ends with free beer and soup and a traditional ceilidh for anyone with the energy.