Cairngorm to Coast is a brand new, 24 hour team event and 2015 was the first year it happened. The event was organised by Team RAFBF Lossiemouth in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund and supported by Outfit Moray. This year's event raised just over £5,000, which is incredible for its first run.
As ideas do, this one grew from a 23 mile walk to a 66 mile bike and hike (our apologies for that) and is now the only event of its type in its area.
Competitors were transported to the start at the Cairngorm Ski Centre carpark (thanks to Arnold Clark for their generous support!), and walked up the path to the Cairngorm to the Ptarmigan Centre, where they began their descent into Coire na Ciste. They then followed a well defined path to Glenmore Lodge, on to Nethy Bridge where they picked up the Speyside Way and on to Ballindalloch Castle. There were food and water stops along the way, as well as marshalls and access points for safety. The second stage started at Ballindalloch Castle, where competitors had a chance to change clothes, have a massage and get some hot food before getting on their mountain bikes and cycling the final 33 miles to RAF Lossiemouth along the Speyside Way, tracks and minor roads.
The event turned out to be a lot harder than even we imagined, and only two competitors completing the whole course with most arriving at Ballindalloch too late or too exhausted to continued. We are extremely grateful to this year's guinea pigs and plenty of lessons have been learned to take forward into 2016 and (hopefully) beyond!
Well done to Rebecca Scott and Emma Zweig on their amazing finish!
For information on Cairngorm to Coast 2016, please click here
For photos of the challenge, visit Cairngorm to Coast Facebook page.
If you have any questions regarding the event, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Karen on 01343 813999.
The event was planned and supported by Outfit Moray, who provide all the medical and logistical cover on the day.
Through their Bike Revolution charity, they are also able to offer bike hire at £20 for the day to those who do not own a suitable mountain or off road bicycle for the event. They are also able to offer some equipment, such as bike lights.
Competitors received a goody bag at the end of the event which included a competitor's t-shirt, kindly supplied by one of our sponsors Dallas Designs Ltd, as well as a bottle of Windswept Brewing's beer and a finisher's medal supplied by Moray Trophies.
Arnold Clark Car and Van rental provided three minibuses to transport our competitors.
Best when you've earned it!