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Wednesday 15 Sep 2010

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Gradon Architecture break a sweat raising money for Multiple Sclerosis charities 

Staff at an architecture practice in the North East of England are preparing for a month of gruelling challenges which will see them raise £2,000 for charity.

Graham McDarby, Design Director of Gradon Architecture in Ryton, teamed up with new staff members Stuart Kent and Chris Allan for the energy-sapping Buccleuch Challenge near Dumfries on 10th September. Graham and Stuart will also take part in the Great North Run on 19th September before Graham heads off alone to undertake the Kielder Marathon on 17th October.

Friends, family and colleagues at Gradon Architecture have thrown their support behind the ambitious trio of tasks and Graham says they hope to generate more than £2,000 for Multiple Sclerosis charities.

He explained: “Both my mother and a close friend suffer from Multiple Sclerosis. It’s a cause I have supported for many years. I was keen to complete all three events this year, so I thought it would be a great way to get the team in the office involved and raise more funds for charities that support those suffering from the disorder.”

The first event, the Buccleuch Challenge, was a three-man team event which set a gruelling mountain bike route around the Drumlanrig Castle Estate, near Dumfries, challenging teams to cycling, running and orienteering tasks over a course which also takes them through and over rivers, all while having to keep their bikes with them. Teams can be racing for up to six hours.

Graham continued: “Now in my 40th year, I’m not sure it’s such a good idea that I’m doing 40 miles of competitive running in the Great North Run and the Kielder Marathon, so I definitely need to up the training regime if I am to keep up with the younger guys!”

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