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RSABI Great Glen Rural Challenge

30th August 2013

Venue: The Great Glen


The 2013 RSABI Great Glen Challenge was won in fine style by the team from United Auctions and raised a fantastic £15,000!

This unique rural charity event which took place on Friday 30th August, sponsored by leading law firm Ledingham Chalmers, solicitors, saw eleven teams from across the Scottish agricultural and rural business spectrum complete a gruelling 60km course from Clunes by Fort William, to Dores on the banks of Loch Ness near Inverness. Competitors, in teams of 4 plus a support member, ran, cycled, kayaked and walked their way through the Great Glen against the clock.

Ross Fotheringham, leader of the winning team said “We are exhausted but elated to have won.  It was an extremely challenging day for everyone involved, but hugely enjoyable also.”

“Winning the Challenge is the icing on the cake. We will definitely be back in future to defend our title.”

Competition amongst the Great Glen Rural Challenge teams was not restricted solely to the event itself.  The race to see which team will take the fundraising crown in support of RSABI continued.

Winners, United Auctions, also topped the leaderboard in the financial stakes. Team member Richard “007.2” Close said:

“We may have won the physical challenge, but we are even more proud to be the top challenge fundraisers for RSABI.”

“RSABI is such a worthwhile charity – supporting those in rural Scotland who have depended on the land and deserve it the most- we hope that the total raised by all the teams will make a huge contribution to the RSABI coffers.”

The rivalry was especially strong amongst the staff of NFUS; they had entered several teams as well as providing logistical support to RSABI along the course. Captain of the leading team, from NFUS HQ, Christine Bowie commented:

“All of our team members are looking forward to Monday morning in the office, none of us will be making the coffee, that’s for sure!”

RSABI’s Paul Tinson, who, with colleague Tessa Rouse, was instrumental in launching the inaugural Great Glen Challenge back in 2012, commented:

“RSABI is delighted to have such good support from businesses and rural organisations for this year’s challenge, particularly in Northern Scotland. We have a new Development Officer now in place in the region, so the support there is welcome and will help our work in the area.”

Allan Collie, one of Ledingham Chalmers’ agricultural specialists, presented the trophy to the winning team and enthused how rewarding and fun the team building element to the day had been for all the organisations involved, including the Ledingham Chalmers team drawn from the firm’s bases in Aberdeen, Stirling and Inverness.

Allan Collie commented “We are proud to have supported RSABI for this challenge. It certainly proved to be a very different ‘day at the office’ for everyone, very useful at the end of what has been a tough period for Scottish agriculture.”

The last word goes to Gordon Davidson from runners-up, The Scottish Farmer:

“Next time we’ll be back, and we are taking no prisoners – we will be all out to win!”


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