Steven Murray Of Contract Scotland, who are one of our charity Champions is at it again, taking on another challenge, here is his story....
"Every year for Charity I do a big charity challenge for the Lighthouse Club, this has ranged from spending a day on site as a labourer to cycling/running (or both) long distance. As you may recall last year I cycled the Great Glen way in a working day – cycling off road from Inverness to Fort William, nearly 8 hours of cycling over challenging terrain for just under 80 miles and climbing over 8000 feet, a route that takes most people 2-3 days". "However some (Colin, our Director) claimed for me this was “straightforward” (I can assure you it really wasn’t, more to come on that) so got me thinking, what’s tougher, longer but similar?"
"The West Highland Way (Scottish Gaelic: Slighe na Gàidhealtachd an Iar) is a linear long distance footpath in Scotland, with the official status of Long Distance Route. It is 154.5 km (96.0 mi) long, running from Milngavie north of Glasgow to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, with an element of hill walking in the route. It’s a very technical route, with a lot of climbing and parts where you have to carry the bike and takes most people 3-4 days to cycle".
"That sounds a bigger challenge, however maybe still not that much, after all nearly 30,000 people a year walk the route so really how hard can it be?"
"So this year I am going to do both of Scotland’s most famous long distance paths and cycle off road from Milngavie to Inverness. All the way. This would take most people 8 days . I am going to do it in 3. I will start in Milngavie on Friday the 13th of June and end up in Inverness on Sunday the 15th of June, cycling the entire West Highland Way and then the entire Great Glen Way".
The specs *Distance – 173 miles. *Climbing – nearly 20,000 feet *Circa 9/10 hours non stop cycling per day.
"However I won’t be alone for at least part of it. After his bold comments last year Colin Woodward will be cycling the entire Great Glen Way with me on the Sunday 15th June , we are doing South to North this time so all the hard climbing will be at the end and I can’t wait to see how ”straightforward” it feels when he finishes at Inverness castle after 80 gruelling miles!"
"How can you help?"
"Sponsorship - either from you or from your friends, clients and candidates. Also spread the word, share on facebook, linked in, twitter – anything you can to help direct people to my just giving page".
"We raised nearly £1400 last year and this year I want to break the £2,000 mark. I will also
hold a “Point Bake” bake sale to boost funds and look at other fund raising activities in the lead up to the event".
Please go to our just giving page to donate; http://www.justgiving.com/steven-murray3
"Thanks in advance for your generosity "…