Ten­nis coaches will be at peak of their per­for­mance

Gru­elling moun­tain chal­lenge

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

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

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