The 20th AND LAST Nairnshire Challenge
Sun May 28th 2017 at 08.00 - 18.00
The Challenge is a duathlon (13 mile on foot and 17 on bike) and provides a unique opportunity for people, no matter their age or capacity, to "see Nairnshire from top to bottom" amid magnificent scenery.
The Challenge was established in 1997 and has been organised annually since then, with exception of one year when bad weather caused its cancellation. It is a duathlon with the foot section of 13 miles over the Cawdor Estates from Auchterteang in the south to Drynachan, where participants change to their bicycles and ride the next 17 miles to the Links in Nairn. The event provides a unique opportunity for people, no matter their age or capacity, to “see Nairnshire from top to bottom” and from points not normally accessed. Thanks to the generous support of Cawdor Estate staff, and the many volunteers who have stewarded the route over these years, it has provided a safe and enjoyable experience. Regularly, between 300 and 400 entrants could be depended on to take part.
The May Bank Holiday date means that the participants have an extra day to bask in their achievement before returning to work on the Tuesday. It also means that participants coming from further afield – perhaps to see friends and family - can more easily travel to and from the event.
We disburse around £20,000 each year from our Charity Fund, most of which is raised from the Challenge. In fact, more than £500,000 has been raised over the years. This year, so far, cheques totalling £5000 have been drawn up for the groups which helped us at the Challenge. We have also approved financial support to many others, especially schools and young people. Many organisations rely on our help. We will be able to accept entries from 1st October via the Challenge website at www.nairnshirechallenge.co.uk.
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