The second year of the mountain to coast challenge proved to be a massive success for all involved, whilst raising a huge amount in donations for the Fund.
Businesses, community groups and individuals have ensured that the gruelling 100km walking and cycling challenge from the Cairngorms to the Lossiemouth was a major success. The Cairngorm to Coast challenge drew 43 competitors who undertook all or part of the 30k hike followed immediately by a 70k cycle run back in May, on behalf of the RAF Benevolent Fund, with a team of four from the 39 Engineer Regiment at Kinloss Barracks finishing ahead of the field.
Organised by Team RAFBF Lossiemouth in association with outdoor activities group Outfit Moray/Bike Revolution, the challenge was supported by a variety of local businesses including Dallas Designs, Arnold Clark, Windswept Brewing Co and Thales UK. Further support for the event came from the Force Development Training Centre in Grantown-on-Spey and local community news provider insideMoray.
Last week representatives from several of the businesses and groups who supported Cairngorm to Coast gathered at Outfit Moray to hear the final total from Team RAFBF Lossiemouth chair Karen Cox: "Support came from a very long list of individuals and businesses and that underlined the importance of the RAFBF to people from throughout Moray and beyond.
"We learned a great deal from our inaugural event in 2015 – and that resulted in everyone finishing the challenge – including the Army team who managed to win despite taking an unplanned detour along the way! While the Kinloss Barracks team won the day they would have been pipped at the post by the amazing Kelvin Hirst, who was well in the lead – but lost his way and took an even bigger detour than the Army guys!
"We are, above all, thrilled at the final total raised."
The event will be held for a third consecutive year on May 20, 2017. For more information visit teamrafbflossiemouth.org.uk/c2c17.