Edzell to be stopping point for Mark’s gruelling task

Edzell will be a stopping point for adventurer and cyclist Mark Beaumont as he nears the end of a 10 day challenge to support the STV Appeal 2013.

Mark will start a major cross-Scotland challenge on Saturday (June 1) and aims to reach Edzell on Sunday (June 9).

For months he has taken part in an intense training programme that has seen him swim icy cold waters.

Mark hopes to travel 230 miles from Arran to Aberdeen by foot and in water in just 10 days.

If all goes according to plan Mark will arrive in Edzell on Sunday.

He will then set off from Edzell on Monday (June 10), when he starts the last leg of his journey to Aberdeen.

As he takes part in the challenge Mark is urging schools and businesses along the route to get involved and join STV Appeal’s fight against child poverty in Scotland.

The route will follow the scenic Highland Boundary Fault line, Mark will cross the open sea three times, including a never-done-before six mile swim from Arran to Isle of Bute, facing extreme cold and exhaustion.

He will also cross Scotland’s biggest loch, Loch Lomond, and endure ultra-marathon runs over rough terrain and mountain climbs - all to raise as much money as possible to help children and young people living in poverty in Scotland.

Before setting off on his travels Mark visited Youthbuild, a programme run by Action for Children Scotland and supported by STV Appeal, which helps unemployed young people in Scotland’s most deprived areas find work.

Mark said: “Being involved in the STV Appeal has opened my eyes to the number of children in Scotland who are living in poverty.

“Youthbuild is a great example of how the money raised is helping to make a real difference in the lives of young people and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to visit the project first hand.

“I would love to see lots of community support along the route and I hope we can raise as much as possible for this fantastic cause.”

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 ami.anderson@stv.tv or 0141 300 3729.