‘I battled chronic pain - but now I don’t look back’

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A DAD who once suffered from crippling back pain is gearing up for a marathon swim, kayak, trek and cycle for a SECOND time.

David Forrest had endured problems with his back since his early 20s and tried various different treatments, but nothing did the trick.

But since attending the Movement Studio in Glasgow two years ago, David no longer suffers from the terrible back pain, although he still attends regularly to prevent it from returning.

The 44-year-old, who lives to keep active, is now looking forward to taking part in the challenging Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon at Loch Tay in the Scottish Highlands.

The event raises money for charities Mary’s Meals and Mercy Corps.

David, who lives in Bearsden with his wife Dawn and three sons Jack (13), Scott (11) and Fraser (7), also took part in the paired event last year in a time of 14 hours and 45 minutes.

He said: “I used to have a sore back all the time and it did limit what I could do.

“On more than one occasion I had to lie on the floor for a week.

“The Movement Studio has worked wonders for me.

“It’s very targeted towards each individual and the exercise you do to specific muscles.

“I have also started sitting better and thinking about what I do.

“If I think something is going to be heavy to lift then I’ll get someone to help.”

David will take part in the quadrathlon on July 9 with friend Simon Inglis and they have called themselves the ‘Round The Rugged Rock’ team.

The tough challenge involves a 0.8 mile swim across Loch Tay, a 15 mile hill trek of seven munros, followed by a seven mile kayak and finishing with a 34 mile cycle.

David, who runs a jewellery wholesale business, added: “Last year it took me a week to recover from the quadrathlon.

“It was exhausting, but I’m looking forward to doing it again.

“I’m doing a lot of training to prepare and I’m hoping to improve on last year’s time. I’m also hoping to raise as much money for the charities as I can.”

You can sponsor David by going online and visitng www.justgiving.com/david-f.