Quadrathlon raises money for Mary’s Meals
ALMOST 300 competitors took part in the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon, helping to raise money for the Dalmally- based charity Mary’s Meals and Mercy Corps.
The route comprises of a 1.35km swim across Loch Tay, a 24km run over seven peaks (including a total of 2,500m ascent), an 11km kayak crossing and a 54km bike ride in Highland Perthshire.
This year’s winners, Drew Sharkey and Stuart Macleod, smashed the previous record by half an hour, completing the course in seven hours and 37 minutes.
The highlight of the day, however, was when Euan Bell got down on one knee, not due to exhaustion, but to propose to his now fiancée Tessa Birley.
Aislinn McVeigh, corporate and campaigns lead at Mary’s Meals, said: ‘ This is my third time supporting the quadrathlon.
‘ It’s been great to come along and see the dedicated athletes completing such a challenging course and to spend time with so many volunteers who freely give their time to help ensure the event is a great success.
‘Mary’s Meals provides more than 1.2 million of the world’s poorest children with a daily meal in a place of education.
‘ This event supports schools in Malawi, where families are suffering the effects of erratic weather and failed harvests.
‘ We’re very grateful to Artemis, WildFox Events and all the quadrathletes for offering a lifeline to children at school during this food crisis.’
The event took place earlier this month on Saturday July 8.
Winners Drew Sharkey and Stuart Macleod. Photograph: Ed Smith