Gordy set to face his 'Everest'

A former Scotland hooker is taking on his own “Everest” to support one of his ex team-mates.

Gordon Bulloch, who also played for the British & Irish Lions and Glasgow Warriors, is to undertake a marathon hill climb with a difference later this month.

And all proceeds will go to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, set up to further research and find a cure for the appalling condition that is Motor Neurone Disease, after Bulloch’s fellow former Scotland forward Doddie Weir was diagnosed with MND.

You can sponsor Gordon and find out more details on his website: https://24in72.co.uk/

Bulloch, 43, will climb the 360m high Dumgoyne hill on the western edge of the Campsie Fells on the outskirts of Glasgow.

Not just once . . . but 24 times in the space of 72 hours, which takes him close to the height of Mount Everest at 8,848metres!

“Those with calculators will have worked out that I’ll be 200 metres short but I aim to make this up with a few route variations,” Bulloch said.

“I’m doing this because I played with Doddie and he has fallen on testing times.  I’ve never really done anything for charity other than texting £20 to a TV programme or playing in a golf match.”

Bulloch won 14 of his 75 Scotland caps playing alongside Weir.

He went on: “Doddie was very, very competitive.  He always had the daft laddie persona but when it came down to it, he was always very driven and wanted to do well in every aspect.

“He would give you a pat on the back when something went well but he would equally give you a slap on the head if it didn’t.

“The hill means a lot to me now because it’s somewhere I have rediscovered something I can do competitively.

“When I left rugby having played for 15-16 years as an amateur and then professional I was searching for something to fill the gap.

“All through my playing days I hated running – track sprints, hill sprints, bleep tests and 3km time trials. The first time I went up Dumgoyne reminded me of all the things I hated about running!

“But the view was pretty decent from the top and I actually enjoyed the challenge of coming down with a bit of speed.”

Gordon is now a keen hill runner and is enjoying the combination of keeping fit and a bit of competition.

Doddie said: "As a player, Gordy was never afraid to challenge himself and put himself out there for his teammates, and once again he is showing this resolve and determination by taking on such a huge task.

"We all face our ‘Everests’ at some stage in our lives and I am grateful to Gordie for supporting me and the Foundation as we work to help find a cure for MND - with the support and energy of people like Gordy, I believe we really can make a difference."