Golfers tee off from dawn to dusk

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Four city golf enthusiasts have signed up to put their love of the game firmly to the test with a gruelling 16-hour dawn to dusk challenge set to raise hundreds of pounds towards vital research into muscular dystrophy and support for those affected.

Team captain, Mark Wilcox, and Deloitte colleagues Luke Withers, Mark Johnson and Mark Weedon will take part in the UK’s largest charity golfing challenge, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Four Course Classic, which sees teams of four battle to complete 72 holes between sun up and sun down on the longest Friday of the year, 22 June. The team will be teeing off at dawn at Wavendon Golf Centre before moving on to complete rounds at Three Locks Golf Course, Leighton Buzzard Golf Club and Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club, covering 15 miles of fairway – and that’s without any trips to the rough. They are calling on other local golfers to roll up their sleeves and take on the challenge.

Hundreds of golfers from across the UK are expected to take part in the Four Course Classic, raising over £50,000 towards promising research into the first treatment for muscular dystrophy and providing care, support and equipment for the 70,000 children and adults affected. Muscular dystrophy and related conditions cause muscles to waste and weaken over time, leading to increasing disability, and in many cases, significantly shortening life expectancy.

The top fundraisers will be whisked off to Paphos for a week’s holiday at the four-star Louis Ledra Beach Hotel, courtesy of Thomson Holidays, to soak up the sun across five local courses – or to recover from their ordeal by the pool.

Mark Wilcox said: “This will be our second year taking on the Four Course Classic. If you like golf and you like a challenge then this is the ultimate way to put your skills to the test. It’s tough to keep motivated after a few bad shots when you are exhausted from walking the fairways. By the time we got to the last round last year we were really struggling to keep going. You have to be very determined – but it is all for a great cause.”

Four Course Classic organiser, Hayley Gill of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign said: “Golfers who sign up to the Four Course Classic will have the opportunity to try out four courses for just the £25 registration fee, if they raise the minimum £250 sponsorship. However, don’t be fooled for a moment into thinking this challenge will just be a sunny day on the course. After 16 hours on the go across 15 miles of fairways, our teams finish feeling like they have earned every penny of the funds they have raised!”

To sign up your team head to www.fourcourseclassic.co.uk and select your chosen courses or call 020 7803 4824. For just a £25 registration fee, each player will receive their four complimentary tee times and a polo shirt, and full fundraising support to help you to raise the minimum sponsorship of £250.