With the Cairngorm to Coast challenge just around the corner, many walking enthusiasts are undertaking a unique event for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Competitors begin at the Cairngorm Ski Centre before walking up the path to the Cairngorm, where they will then begin their descent into Coire na Ciste, covering up to 30km on a hike, and 70km on a bike.
Former international athlete, Kathryn Evans, is just one of many who are taking on this unique test of endurance.
“I have never walked this far all in one day - endurance events aren't really associated with heptathlon or playing netball!” Kathryn, who now lives in Forres, explains.
“In fact one of my worst events was the 800m and that was more than far enough when I was competing. I think this challenge will push me in a different way as I am a little older and have a few more aches and pains than I used to!”
Although Kathryn is a world renowned athlete, she is the first to confess that training for the event has been difficult at times: “The training is challenging me,” she admits. “The slow and steady approach has been adopted and each practice walk I have to increase the distances, but it has been a really good way to see the sights of Moray!”
And like many others who partake in challenges for the Fund, the heptathlete is taking up the task for admirable reasons. “I hadn't realised how many friends I had that had been in the RAF,” she confesses, “but the work that the RAF Benevolent Fund does is certainly needed.
“It is encouraging that the Fund recognises this and is working hard to provide the level of assistance these families deserve.”
With a personal target of £200, Kathryn is well over half way to reaching her fundraising goal. “My support for the Fund will not end here, over the next few years there will be plenty of opportunity to be involved in events and there will be even more opportunities to offer support in a different way.”