Soldiers from ITC at Catterick Garrison complete Scottish trails for charity

Members of the ITC’s Support Battalion taking part in Exercise Tartan Bayonet.

Intrepid soldiers from the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick Garrison have conquered two of Scotland’s most iconic trails back to back over 271kms of the UK’s most challenging terrain.

Members of the ITC’s Support Battalion undertook Exercise Tartan Bayonet, traversing the West Highland Way and the Great Glenn Way, finishing at the historic battlefield of Culloden, before stopping off in Edinburgh to visit the Governor of Edinburgh Castle, Major General Alastair Bruce of Crionaich.

The challenge, organised by Sergeant Mark Lamb of the Scots Guards, was designed to test the team’s skills of navigation, endurance, and leadership.

The team was joined for part of the challenge by Lieutenant Colonel Will Colquhoun, Commanding Officer ITC Support Battalion, in Glencoe.

Whilst the challenge was based on work-related objectives, the team decided to raise money jointly for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The Gurkha Welfare Trust through their efforts.

Lieutenant Colonel Barney Barnbrook, Regional Director for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said: “I am extremely grateful to Sgt Lamb and his team for what they have done to support The Soldiers’ Charity whilst undertaking this arduous personal development activity.

“Soldiers do extraordinary things every day, and Sergeant Lamb saw the opportunity provided by the exercise to raise money for the British Army’s national charity in parallel to his training objectives.”