Held last Friday (28 August 2015), the Great Glen Challenge saw twenty-five teams from rural companies and organisations in Scotland run, walk, cycle and kayak around a 70km course in an effort to be crowned champions while raising money for RSABI, Scotland's rural charity.
After a strong performance, the leading CKD Galbraith team was pipped to the post by a team from RBS, with another of our teams completing the podium by finishing in third place.
Finishing in second place were team captain Peter Scott Aiton (run), Michael Fletcher (bike), Martin Cassels (kayak) and Trini Graham-Stewart (walk.) Special mention must go to Trini and Martin who were both drafted into the team at the last minute with Martin being "upgraded" from the team's support driver to undertake the kayaking leg.
Earning bronze medals were third placed team Claire Acheson (bike), Rob Whitson (run), Dominic Wedderburn (kayak) and skipper George Lorimer (walk) who finished in third place.
Our third and final team consisted of Jamie McNeill (walk), Bob Cherry (bike), Charlotte Maclean (kayak) and captain Toby Kirkwood (run).
The teams were joined in the Great Glen by support driver Andrew Adamson.
As well as the team success there were a number of excellent individual results by the competitors too with Peter Scott Aiton finishing third in the run; Michael Fletcher coming second in the cycling with Bob Cherry third while Dominic Wedderburn took first place in the kayaking.
Speaking after the event Paul Tinson of RSABI commented:
"The RSABI Great Challenge is now a well-known date in the calendar and growing in popularity each year. We are seeing many of the same faces but also competitors in eleven new teams who we are delighted to welcome to the fold this year."
"Without exception, team members seem to have enjoyed themselves this year, despite exposure to four seasons in one day, but of course we never forget why RSABI exists and so the fundraising element of the day is always uppermost in our minds. With competitor targets having been met and our total currently at over 45k, we are on track to exceed last year's fantastic sum of 47k as last minute donations continue to come in."
"It's not too late to sponsor your team of choice and help us beat last year's total! Please also get in touch if you, or anyone you know, could benefit from some help from RSABI."
Our thanks go to Paul and the RSABI team for putting together another excellent event we're already looking forward to 2016.
Thank you to everyone who has already sponsored the CKD Galbraith teams. If you would still like to show your support and donate to the RSABI then click here.
As well as fielding three teams in the event, CKD Galbraith is a main partner and Route Sponsor of the Great Glen Challenge.