Mary’s Meals to benefit from Scotland’s toughest one-day endurance event

More than 250 quadrathletes are finalising training preparations as they get ready to go head-to-head for the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon.

The gruelling one-day event is not for the faint hearted. It comprises:

  • a 1.35km open water swim in Loch Tay;
  • a 24km run taking in seven Munros;
  • an 11km kayak;
  • and a 54km cycle to the finish line.

However, the valiant efforts of the participants are hoping to raise around £250,000 to be split between the event’s charity partners, Mercy Corps and Mary’s Meals.

The 16th annual Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon will take place this Saturday, 9th July. It is organised by Perthshire-based WildFox Events. Over the years, WildFox has raised more than £30 million for charities through its suite of adventure challenge events.

Previous participants have included top sport stars such as cyclist Mark Beaumont and rugby star Mike Tindall.

However, the Quadrathlon is also an opportunity for amateur athletes to show off their prowess. Pals Richard Core and Rory Jamieson from Aberdeen signed up to the event after spending a night in the pub lamenting the loss of the fitness of their teenage years.

Richard, speaking on behalf of their team, The Fat Stags, says: ‘Rory and I signed up to the Quad in an attempt to curb some of the bad habits we picked up at university. We used to be quite fit so we decided to get some of that back.

‘We called ourselves The Fat Stags because we’re mildly athletic people in bad shape – although hopefully quad training has changed that! Both Mary’s Meals and Mercy Corps are very worthwhile charities so the more money we can raise for them, the better.

‘We’ve been putting in the training so we’re hopeful that we’ll do okay. We’re probably most nervous about the swim. We practised the swim stage in April and it was snowing around Loch Tay. That particular training session didn’t last long.’

Teams from seven different countries, including the Netherlands, Spain and Canada, will be taking part.

Each team consists of at least two people and – on reaching the finish line – must chop a watermelon in half with a sword in order to complete the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon.

Hannah Stewart, Head of Fundraising at Mary’s Meals, says: ‘We are so grateful to quadrathletes for taking on this tough challenge, which benefits Mary’s Meals.

‘The Quadrathlon helps us to reach hundreds of children with a vital school meal every day and the efforts of quadrathletes will enable us to bring more young people into the classroom. We’re always astounded by participants who really go the extra mile to ensure that hungry children receive an education.’

Jen Adams, Fundraising Manager for Mercy Corps, says: ‘The Quadrathlon tests people to their limits during what is an exhilliarating and rewarding day.  But, when the finish line is crossed and the final participant is in, that feeling of success and achievement is made greater by knowing that the money raised goes towards helping people in crisis around the world build positive futures.’

More information on the event is available at the Artemis Charitable Foudation website here.

Note: The Artemis Charitable Foundation is an independent charitable trust set up and funded by Artemis Investment Management LLP.

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