Quadrathlon raises money for Mary’s Meals

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

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

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