This year's RSABI Great Glen Challenge has been won by a team from NFU Mutual Stirling, who beat 21 other teams in the multi-sports challenge on 29th August.
Teams from across the Scottish agricultural and rural business sectors cycled, kayaked, walked and ran a challenging 63km course from Invermoriston to Neptune's Staircase at Fort William to raise in excess of £41,500 for RSABI.
David Lyle from NFU Mutual Stirling, the winning team, said, "Having not done that much training, this victory was very unexpected but we are delighted to have won the RSABI Great Glen Challenge 2014.
"This was a real team effort with everyone contributing, even our support driver cheering us on, and I'm very proud of the team. I promised to everyone that if we came first we would go for a night out in Fort William so watch out! We shall be back next year to defend our title."
The second placed team was Lambing Live and in third were CKD Galbraith Ladies and Davidson & Robertson Rural.
While NFU Mutual may have won the physical challenge, the fundraising race is not yet over and donations can still be made at www.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/RSABI. Simply choose your favourite team and help them toward victory! Current leaders in the financial stakes are four teams entered from RBS.
Team captain Craig Dickson who is Director, Agriculture in Scotland at RBS, said, "Working closely with RSABI over the last six months has helped the RBS Agriculture in Scotland team gain a wider appreciation of the work they do supporting farmers and land owners who fall on difficult times. Our team work closely with our farming customers on a daily basis so gaining detailed insight into the work RSABI do has proven to be of great benefit.
"The Great Glen Challenge has been an excellent opportunity for us to raise profile for RSABI and their desire to reach out and find more beneficiaries to support. It was been great fun taking part in the challenge, bring on 2015!"
RSABI’s Paul Tinson who, with colleague Tessa Rouse, was instrumental in launching the inaugural Great Glen Challenge back in 2012, said, “The RSABI Great Challenge is going from strength to strength in terms of its fundraising; but also, it would seem, in the physical achievements of the teams – it was quite testing this year, taking place in wet and breezy conditions over a revised course. We were proud of all our competitors in the Glen!"
The RSABI Great Glen Challenge 2014 was sponsored by law firm Ledingham Chalmers and supported by NFU Scotland, RBS and SAYFC.