Tennis coaches will be at peak of their performance
Gruelling mountain challenge
Coaches from Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club are to become the first people to play tennis at the peak of Britain’s tallest mountains.
Jonny Will cox, Cedric Decuyper, Jacob Jacob and club president Gareth Ellor are set to complete the three peaks challenge by climbing to the top of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis within 24 hours.
But in a unique twist, the men will complete the challenge in their traditional tennis whites and play a game on the mountain tops.
Dubbed Expedition Mountennis, the challenge, it is hoped, will raise £5,000 for the Return To Splendour campaign, which aims to save the derelict tennis courts at Burnside Bowling Club.
President of the Rutherglen club, Gareth said club members have been completing innovative fundraising challenges for some time.
He said: “We wanted to try and play tennis in unusual places to capture the public’s imagination. There have been so many three peaks challenges, but this is unique, no none has ever tried to play tennis there.
“We hope that this gruelling challenge will capture the imagination of the whole British tennis community, raising lots of money, £10,000, for two great causes; one national and one local. All money raised will be split 50:50 between Sport Relief and Project #ReturnToSplendour.
“ReturnToSplendour is our campaign to save and expand into three derelict courts just round the corner from our existing courts.
“This will give us the extra space we so badly need, having more than doubled our membership over the last few years and reaching the capacity of our four existing courts, whilst allowing us to continue to grow and expand giving even more people the chance to enjoy tennis.
“In addition, it will secure the long term future of a much loved local landmark benefitting the whole community.”
The campaign aims through fundraising, existing club funds and grant applications to raise the £200,000 necessary to complete the works at Burnside. This includes replacing the existing artificial grass carpet, replacing fencing, upgrading the floodlights and building a modest clubhouse.
It is hoped this upgraded facility would allow the tennis club to implement an expansive schools programme and deliver disability tennis.
Mountennis is the latest of several fundraising initiatives carried out by Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club.
Saturday was the Burnside Big Team Challenge, which saw a host of local businesses complete 10 big and five mini challenges which included the Tour de Burnside, the Grand Prix, the Bungee-Run Run and an assault course.
For a full report and pictures from this event see next week’s Reformer and to sponsor those taking part in Mountennis log on to www. gofundme. com/ rkucuqk4
Bungee Run was one of the Burnside big 10 challenges