World record breaking Scottish cyclist and adventurer Mark Beaumont will visit Edzell as part of a gruelling challenge to support the STV Appeal 2013
Although more accustomed to cycling long distances Mark will be leaving his bike at home and will opt instead to swim and run the breadth of Scotland over the course of ten days.
Mark’s challenge will begin on Saturday, June 1 when he will follow the scenic Highland Boundary Fault Line from the Isle of Arran to Stonehaven, before finishing his epic journey in Aberdeen. If all goes according to plan Mark hopes to arrive in Edzell on Sunday, June 9.
He will set off from there on Monday, June 10 when he starts the last leg of his journey to Aberdeen.
During the course of the ten days Mark is set to cross the open sea three times and swim across Scotland’s biggest Loch, facing extreme cold, exhaustion and his fears.
Mark’s toughest mission will be a six mile swim from Millstone Point on Arran to Scalpsie Bay on the Isle of Bute, a gruelling task which has never been attempted before.
He will also endure ultra-marathon runs, over rough terrain and mountain climbs, making it one of his most difficult and demanding adventures so far.
Along the way, Mark will stop to meet with people, schools and local community groups who have all done their bit to raise funds for STV Appeal, and STV’s cameras will capture his every step – and stroke – for an STV Appeal programme later this year.
With only a few months to go until he sets off on his challenge Mark has been following an intense training regime on land and in water to build up the skill and stamina needed for the enormous task ahead.
Mark said: “I have never been a strong swimmer and only ever run as a small part of my expedition training, and so this mammoth Highland Line Challenge is genuinely terrifying.
“As a major charity challenge for the STV Appeal, I wanted to create something which was a real test, and that will capture the imagination of supporters across Scotland.
“In truth I don’t yet know if I am capable of this, but I am putting my absolute all into training and have a great team in support.
“After the scare of capsizing mid Atlantic, I never imagined I would be committing to an open water 10km swim! But it will all be worth it when we can raise as much as possible for Scottish children who are living in poverty.”
Elizabeth Partyka of STV Appeal said: “We’re very excited to have Mark on board and we are all in awe of the gigantic challenge he’s about to take on.
“Mark will pass through a raft of local communities on his journey from Arran to Aberdeen, so this is a great opportunity to get involved and help raise funds for children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. And of course to cheer Mark on!”
Starting at Blackwaterfoot on Arran, Mark’s challenge will take him to Millstone Point, Scalpsie Bay, Rothersay, Ardberg, Dunoon, Ardentinny, Coulport, Garelochhead, Luss, Balmaha, Balleich, Aberfoyle, Callander, Dunblane, Gleneagles, Crieff, Dunkeld, Blairgowrie, Kirriemuir, Edzell, Fettercairn and Stonehaven, before arriving at his final destination of Aberdeen.
If your business, school or community group would like to get involved with Mark’s challenge and help raise funds for STV Appeal, please contact campaign manager Ami Anderson on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 300 3729.
To support Mark’s challenge and make a donation to the STV Appeal, visit Mark’s JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/markbeaumontSTVAppeal