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The ‘Diamond Challenge’

On Monday June 21st two keen golfers from Ashington took part in the “Diamond Challenge” and played four rounds of golf in four different counties on the same day. In doing so they raised funds for MS Research and Relief Fund (MSRRF).

Glenn Angus, the husband of MSRRF therapist Angela Angus took part in the event along with his friend and golfing partner Ian Brodie. Their marathon challenge took place on June 21st which was officially the longest day of the year. Which was rather fortunate as they certainly needed as much daylight as possible to fulfil their challenge!

 The life-long friends completed four 18 hole rounds on four courses in Northumberland, the Scottish Borders, Cumbria and County Durham. They had to set off in the early hours of the morning in order to be at Hirsel before sunrise.

Diamond Challenge

“The charity is self funding, has been hit hard by the current recession and is in desperate need of donations,” Glenn said at the start of the challenge. “We will be playing 4 separate 18 hole rounds at 4 golf courses within 4 different counties all in the same day.”

The four golf courses were:

  • Burgham Park Golf Course in Northumberland
  • Hirsel Golf Course in the Scottish Borders
  • Windemere Golf Course in Cumbria
  • Brancepeth Golf Course in Durham
Diamond Golf Challenge

They started their ‘Diamond Challenge’ at Burgham Park before travelling on to Hirsel Golf Course in Scotland. They then moved on to Windermere Golf Course in Cumbria and  finished off at Brancepeth Castle Golf Course in County Durham. The lads finished their final round at about 10.30pm before heading home for a well earned rest.

Glenn’s wife Angela along with MS Research and Relief Fund colleagues Deborah   Richardson and Dave Farham were at Brancepeth to meet and congratulate the golfers

They teed of at Burgham Park at 3.30am and travelled approximately 200 miles before    finishing off at Brancepeth at about 10.30pm. To the best of Glenn’s knowledge it hasn’t been done before. They came up with the idea two or three years ago when they both played 50 par three’s in one day, raising £1,000. This time they are hoping to raise a lot more. Glenn and Ian have had a number of four – balls donated by various Northumberland golf courses and are hoping to raise £2,500 from these alone.” Early Start
Long Day

Glenn and Ian have a decision pending with the Guinness Book of World Records to see if their challenge is going to be classified as a world record.

After completing the four rounds Glenn and Ian were full of praise and gratitude for the support they received at all four golf clubs. Without exception the four golf clubs did everything they could to accommodate Glenn and Ian so they could complete their challenge.

They would also like to thank all the companies, organisations and individuals who have sponsored, supported them, or made a donation of gifts for a fund raising night.

On behalf of MS Research and Relief Fund I would like to thank Glenn and Ian for carrying out their challenge and raising funds for the charity. I can assure them both that the money will be put to good use for the benefit of people affected by MS.


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