Get ready to fol­low Mark Beau­mont’s Wild About Argyll ad­ven­ture on­line

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

UL­TRA ad­ven­turer Mark Beau­mont’s lat­est chal­lenge – Wild About Argyll – is just days away and you can fol­low all the ac­tion on­line through the GPS tracker and so­cial me­dia.

Mark said: 'The bags are packed and I am set for the widest va­ri­ety of ad­ven­ture sports that I have ever tried in just 12 days. Trav­el­ling on land and wa­ter through the is­lands and main­land of Argyll, I just can’t wait to get started. Ad­ven­tures close to home al­ways gain the big­gest pub­lic sup­port and I am look­ing for­ward to peo­ple join­ing me on the road and on­line, to share the whole jour­ney in as big a way as pos­si­ble.'

The Wild About Argyll chal­lenge, which has been mas­ter­minded by Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-op­er­a­tive (AITC), will see Mark un­der­take 12 dis­ci­plines from cycling to run­ning and wild swim­ming to kayak­ing across the re­gion. This would be a tough test al­ready, but AITC has thrown down the gaunt­let and added an ‘epic ad­ven­ture’ on every day of the chal­lenge. And when the AITC team say epic, they mean it.

Mark will start his con­sec­u­tive 12-day chal­lenge with cycling part of the Cale­do­nia Way, to the north of Oban. Later in the chal­lenge, he’ll pick it up again along the Cri­nan Canal and as he heads through Kin­tyre. The Cale­do­nia Way, which stretches for 237 miles from Camp­bel­town to In­ver­ness, has been in­flu­enced by the ge­og­ra­phy of Scot­land and Mark can ex­pect to travel through some of the most stun­ning scenery Argyll and the Isles has to of­fer.

He will also cy­cle the 87-mile Mull Sportive and run the Tiree half-marathon routes, as well as kayak­ing 30km of Argyll’s Sea Kayak Trail. Mark also in­tends to con­quer the Paps of Jura as he fell-runs his way across the is­land, and large sec­tions of Argyll’s long-dis­tance routes, in­clud­ing the Kin­tyre Way, Cowal Way, the West Is­land Way on Bute and the Three Lochs Way. He will reprise part of his 2013 STV ap­peal, which saw him run and swim across Scot­land in just 10 days, with a wild swim in Loch Lomond, be­fore pos­si­bly his big­gest epic ad­ven­ture, bag­ging all 22 of Colon­say’s McPhies in one day.

AITC di­rec­tor Calum Ross is look­ing for­ward to the start of the chal­lenge, say­ing: ' Argyll and the Isles has so many op­por­tu­ni­ties for vis­i­tors seek­ing an ad­ven­ture. We’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted to have the chance to put one of the world’s best-known en­durance ath­letes to the Argyll and the Isles test, and we hope Mark en­joys the chal­lenge as much as we’re look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing him to the re­gion.'

If you are gripped by this su­per­hu­man feat of en­durance, you can join in too. Fol­low Mark via his tracker at www.mark­beau­mon­ton­ or www.ex­plore­ar­ or you can tweet Mark @ MrMark Beau­mont or the AITC team @Ex­plore­Ar­gyll.

AITC is grate­ful for the fund­ing and sup­port pro­vided by Argyll and Bute Coun­cil, Sus­trans, Cale­do­nian MacBrayne, Scot Rail, Oban Air­port, Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage, Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land, Scot­tish Canals, HIE, Visit Scot­land and to the many busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions sup­port­ing each day’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

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