Count­down be­gins to Mark Beau­mont’s epic Wild About Ar­gyll ad­ven­ture

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

HE’S TAKEN on the world, bro­ken records, set global firsts and be­come renowned for his ul­tra en­durance ad­ven­tures – and from July 24 for 12 days – Mark Beau­mont takes on his lat­est ad­ven­ture, Wild About Ar­gyll.

Mas­ter­minded by Ar­gyll and the Isles Tourism Co-op­er­a­tive (AITC), Wild About Ar­gyll is a multi-sport chal­lenge which will see Mark un­der­take nu­mer­ous dis­ci­plines over 12 days across the area. As well as run­ning, Mark will cy­cle, kayak, fell run, mountain bike, wild swim, sail, horse ride and quad bike his way across the re­gion. If that wasn’t enough, ev­ery day will in­clude an ‘epic’ ad­ven­ture. Whether that’s kayak­ing 30km along part of Ar­gyll’s Sea Kayak Trail, fell run­ning the Paps of Jura or tak­ing on the 140km Mull Sportive route, there is no doubt that this ad­ven­ture will be a real chal­lenge.

Mark has spent the past decade tak­ing on world records and global firsts in ul­tra en­durance. Best known as a cy­clist, he cir­cum­nav­i­gated the globe, tak­ing a stag­ger­ing 82 days off the pre­vi­ous world record, ped­alled the length of the Amer­i­cas and re­cently smashed the Cairo to Cape Town record. Off the bike, Mark has filmed nu­mer­ous BBC doc­u­men­taries and pre­sented for the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games.

Closer to home in re­cent months, Mark has cy­cled the North Coast 500 in 37 hours and launched the He­bridean Way by cy­cling its 185mile length in 24 hours.

If these su­per­hu­man feats of en­durance find you long­ing to hear more, then you can join Mark at the Cor­ran Halls on the evening of Au­gust 3 for his ‘Round the World and Back to Ar­gyll’ talk. Tick­ets are on sale now. Hav­ing spent the first two years of his life in Kin­tyre, the talk will fo­cus on his in­ter­na­tional ad­ven­tures, his char­ity work and, of course, his Wild About Ar­gyll chal­lenge. The fol­low­ing morn­ing Mark will head to Colon­say where he will com­plete his fi­nal epic ad­ven­ture – run­ning the is­land’s MacPhies – 22 peaks above 300 feet over 20 miles.

‘I can’t wait to ex­plore Ar­gyll and the Is­lands. This will be the big­gest ad­ven­ture of my year. I am proud to have spent my early years liv­ing in Ar­gyll and I know there is a lot that I haven’t seen. To have the op­por­tu­nity to film and pho­to­graph this won­der­ful ad­ven­ture play­ground will be spec­tac­u­lar.’

AITC di­rec­tor Calum Ross ex­plained more about the Wild About Ar­gyll ad­ven­ture say­ing: ‘We be­lieve Ar­gyll and the Isles is the per­fect ad­ven­ture des­ti­na­tion and we’re de­lighted to have some­one of Mark Beau­mont’s cal­i­bre to show­case what we have to of­fer to a global au­di­ence. After­wards we will be work­ing with Mark to ap­praise how to lift our ad­ven­ture cre­den­tials even higher.’

Fol­low Mark’s tracker on ex­plore­ar­ as the ad­ven­ture un­folds and chat with him on so­cial me­dia on @MrMarkBeau­mont.

AITC is very grate­ful for the fund­ing and in kind sup­port pro­vided by Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, Sus­trans, Cale­do­nian MacBrayne, ScotRail, Oban Air­port, Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Heri- tage, Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land, Scot­tish Canals, HIE and VisitS­cot­land, and to the many busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions sup­port­ing each day’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

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