Mountain rescuer to carry 100kg weight up Ben Nevis for charity

The dad-of-two will scale the UK's highest peak on his birthday to raise funds for Doddie Weir's MND foundation.

Mountain rescuer will carry 100kg weight up Ben Nevis for MND charity in world record attempt My Name’5 Doddie Foundation

A mountain rescuer plans to attempt a world record and carry a 100kg barbell on his shoulders up Ben Nevis – while raising money for motor neurone disease research.

David Dooher, from Uddingston, says the weight represents “the burden carried by those who live with MND, and their families”.

He will attempt to break a Guinness World Record as he scales the UK’s highest peak on June 7 this year – the date of his 38th birthday.

The 37-year-old joiner said: “The long road ahead can be daunting but breaking it down and having the mindset to enjoy each step is the way forward for me. It’ll have ups and down, but the finish line will come soon enough.

“I’m embracing this challenge and using my body to its full potential because some people simply can’t, no matter how much they want to.”

His Just Giving appeal has raised more than £3,000 so far for the foundation started by rugby union player Doddie Weir after his MND diagnosis.

Mr Dooher added: “Doddie Weir’s mindset and strength was unbelievable.

“With MND, there’s no treatment or cure. Nothing can slow the progression – it’s fatal every single time – but Doddie took that in his stride and continued to fight to find a cure till the very end.

“MND needs funds for research and to help those already diagnosed and their families. It’s the only way it can change. I want to do my bit to continue Doddie’s mission to end MND.”

The dad-of-two, who is rigorously training ahead of the attempt, is a mountain rescue volunteer with several years of experience.

He added: “Training for this challenge has been full-on but carefully planned.

“Staying injury-free is so important so mobility and strengthening the posterior chain and stabilising muscles have been at the forefront ensuring that I can deal with the constant downward pressure of carrying that amount of weight on my shoulders.

“Having an active day job means I’m now consuming 4,000 to 5,000 calories a day to fuel the training and recovery.

“I’m so grateful to everyone who has donated, and for the constant stream of messages of support.

“I’ve climbed Ben Nevis plenty of times and it can be tough going without 100kg on my back but, with the support and my purpose front of mind, I think I’ll do it,” Mr Dooher said.

“The 100kg carried on my shoulders is symbolic and is to represent the burden carried by those who live with MND, and their families.

“I’ve already got some brutal training under my belt, but there’s still a long way to go.”

Weir, who was capped 61 times for Scotland’s national team, died in November following a six-year battle with MND.

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