A team from Ayr Racecourse have scaled up the highest point on the Isle of Arran to raise funds for a cancer charity.

The group of 11 took on the climb up Goatfell in support of Ayrshire Cancer Support, a charity that Ayr Racecourse staff have supported for a number of years.

They completed the challenge early last week, with the money raised going towards supporting the services of the charity.

Despite having the idea earlier in the year, and then eventually taking it on in November, the lads had a clear day to travel across on the ferry and make it to the top.

Head Groundsman at Ayr Racecourse, Graeme Anderson, was part of the group who successfully completed the challenge, and he said everyone who took part had a wonderful day.

He told the Advertiser: “It was a great day out for us and everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It was a good chance to get away from work for a day and take on something for a worthy charity and get a bit of exercise at the same time.

“The 11 of us kept each other going because we could have a laugh and a joke and even the ferry over we were in good spirits and it was just a great day all in.”

The group set a target of raising £1,000 for the charity.

Along with other fundraising events, the whole team at the racecourse support the charity as much as they can, and it’s something that Graeme and his team are proud of.

He added: “We always try to support them when we can.

“We had the idea to do the climb earlier in the year. But with groundwork and racing and stuff like that on again, we couldn’t really find the time.

“I don’t know whose idea it was to do it November, but we got lucky with the weather on the day, to be fair, because it stayed dry.

“The support we’ve received during this and with every other event we take on has been amazing and it really helps us keep motivated to do it for such a worthy cause.”

Nothing else is in the calendar just yet. But Graeme admits that another fundraiser probably isn’t too far away.

He continued: “We’re always looking at what we can do for the charity.

“Although we’ve got nothing set in stone just yet, I’m sure it won’t be long before we get an idea finalised.”