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Charities have been hit hard over the past year. A team of triathletes and multi-sport enthusiasts is looking to do something about that and raise funds for Tommy's Baby Charity. Donate to their cause now, or buy raffle tickets to win great prizes! (More info below, closing date 17th July 2021)
A Multisport Adventure across the West Highland Way
When most people think of a multisport event the mind typically goes to a traditional swim, bike, run triathlon. Usually on a marked route, with aid stations and supporters. However, in late July a team of dedicated multisport athletes are turning the traditional format of a triathlon on its head for a new challenge.
A group of willing victims (sorry, friends and acquaintances) are embarking on a multisport challenge with more than just a bit of a twist.
Triathlon Challenge for Charity
Over the weekend of 25th - 25th July 2021, the Run Swim Bike Hike team collectively plan to complete the West Highland Way in a completely new way. Instead of just hiking, running or cycling the 94 miles from Milngavie in North Glasgow to Fort William, the unconventional challenge will be a multi-sport event encompassing all of the above (and adding a swim for good measure too).
This adventure is scheduled to begin in the early hours of the Saturday morning as the sun rises, with a 22 mile trail run from the Glaswegian suburbs through the lowlands and rural pasturelands of central Scotland, past Drymen, through Balloch, up and over the iconic Conic hill and along the east coast of Loch Lomond. However, at Milarrochy Bay, the route will break with the traditional path.
Instead of continuing along the Eastern shore, running shoes will be traded for neoprene as the adventure hits the water with team members opting to swim and/or kayak from East to West across the width of loch Lomond, the UK’s largest inland body of water. With Ben Lomond as a backdrop and Inchmurrin as a potential pitstop, this 3 mile traverse of the expanse of fresh water will land on the shingle beach of Luss. Here the team will now trade wetsuits for two wheels and set off cycling parallel to the trails of the West Highland way.
The route will start fast, flat and technically challenging as it skirts past the ever-narrowing Loch Lomond on one side and the densely packed Arrochar forests to the other. At Crianlarich, the Lochside view is replaced by expansive, rolling hills. The climbing will start at this point, subtly at first, leading into the first of two big climbs from Tyndrum into Glen of Orchy and from Glen of Orchy up to the Rannoch Moors. The reward for these gruelling ascents will be the eroded supervolcano of Glencoe, replicating the rigors of Devil’s staircase on the traditional route. From here there will be a white-knuckle descent through Glencoe and crossing Kinlochleven ending the arduous route at Fort William.
On the second day, with already-aching limbs, the team will embark on an ascent of Ben Nevis, hiking the highest mountain in the UK. With the summit (and subsequent descent) complete the team will have conquered an extremely tough and demanding challenge – all in aid of Tommy’s Charity.
Triathlon Partnership with Tommy's Baby Charity
So why Tommy’s?
You don’t have to look far to find couples affected by the consequences of pregnancy complications – in fact several members of our challenge participants have first-hand experience of baby loss and pregnancy complications and their consequences. This will be the driving force behind the team's motivation to complete this challenge. It is widely agreed that the suffering the team will endure will be relatively short lived, in comparison to the ongoing pain and suffering experienced by families during baby loss.
Tommy's is the largest charity in the UK that is aimed at supporting pregnancy, and their mission is to save babies' lives. The team hope that in undertaking this challenge they too can help, raising much needed funds will directly impact the work the charity is able to carry out. Charities have suffered greatly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with many fundraising events postponed or cancelled this has had a direct and hard-hitting impact. This challenge is the team's way of raising awareness, raising funds, and hopefully in some small way making a difference.
Win Raffle Prizes and Support Tommy's Charity!
If you would like to support the team on their challenging triathlon-style adventure you can do so by purchasing a ticket to their upcoming raffle, supported by Neuff Red and other great brands.
The Cycle Prize
1 pair of "Together Socks"
1 box of Clif Bloks energy chews
1 box of Clif Energy Bars
The Run Prize
1 pair of On Cloud running shoes (Choice of CloudSwift, CloudUltra, CloudFlyer or CloudFlow)
1 pair of "Together Socks"
1 box of Maurten GEL 100
How to enter
Tickets can be purchased by minimum £2 donation to the Justgiving page. Please ensure you state your name and whether you would like to be entered for the running or the cycling prize draw.
* Please note the raffle is entirely independent of Neuff Red and Neuff Red is not involved in it's administration or management. Any questions regarding the raffle should be directed to Karl McPherson through the JustGiving page above.