Last chance for groups to take part in tough walking challenge

Walkers take part in the Caledonian Challenge in the foothills of Ben Nevis
Walkers take part in the Caledonian Challenge in the foothills of Ben Nevis

The Caledonian Challenge marks its 20th anniversary of the event in 2016.

To mark the occasion, the 
organisers now invite Third Sector organisations of any size including registered charities, social enterprises and constituted community groups to buy Bond Places, 
enter teams and raise funds directly and exclusively for their own causes.

The weekend of June 11 and 12 will offer participants the choice of two Challenges, both taking in some of the UK’s most iconic scenery.

THE 54 is the ultimate physical and mental endurance test – 54 miles in 24 hours over rugged terrain.

Starting on the Great Glen Way, taking in the majestic sight of Ben Nevis, following the West Highland Way South and finishing at Strathfillan near Tyndrum.

THE 24 is no walk in the park, tough but achievable - 24 miles in 12 hours.

Starting in Glen Nevis, following the West Highland Way South, taking on the infamous Devil’s Staircase and finishing in stunning Glencoe.

Jim Robertson, of the 
Royal Bank of Scotland, formed a team of walkers and approached Erskine, the charity dedicated to providing unrivalled care for their UK veterans in their homes throughout Scotland, about taking part to raise funds for their cause through the Bond Scheme.

Jim said: “Having taken part in the Caledonian Challenge three times in the past raising funds for Foundation Scotland I thought it was an excellent idea when they 
introduced the Bond Place Scheme. This will allow 
other charities to benefit from the walk and allowed me to 
approach Erskine to participate on their behalf.

‘‘There were many reasons for walking for Erskine; they provide valuable support to ex-servicemen and women in Scotland from conflicts past and present, I used to be in the Royal Navy, I’m originally from the Erskine area and family members worked at the 
hospital so I am familiar with the work they do.”

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 1.

You can apply online at 
caledonianchallenge.com or call the Events team on 0131 524 0323.