Charity challenge at Glen Clova

THIS autumn a brand new ‘Xtreme Duathlon’ event will take place at Glen Clova.

The Glen Clova Xtreme Duathlon will take place on September 14 and propositions eventers to put the body through its paces, test their skills, fitness and endurance within the eight hour time limit.

Participants embark on a 20km cycle around the stunning Glen Clova valley then do a further 7km cycle into Glen Doll to the ranger station, before commencing the run/walk to complete the famous munros Dreish and Mayar.

Then it is a return to the ranger station to cycle back to base camp at Glen Clova Hotel for the night time social event of barbecue and ceilidh, with live band The Shrinks.

Profits raised go directly to Tayside Mountain Rescue (TMR), consisting of highly skilled volunteers dedicated to saving civilian lives. This land based team work all over the Tayside region and as a charity could not function without public financial support.

There has never been an event as big as this in recent years within Angus, and the events team not only want to make this a test of endurance and physical limits, but also a fun day to remember.

There will be a social walk for family members left behind once the cyclists have completed their circuits and a free bouncy castle and dog training display team to entertain the children.

The entire team love the glory of Scotland, the mountains and fresh air, and know too well that after all the hard work of conquering hills whether concrete or moraine, there is nothing quite like the satisfaction of sitting down at the end of a hard day with a cold drink, surrounded by friends.

TMR is a registered charity a voluntary emergency service and is supported by the public serving the public.

It is one of 28 teams in Scotland providing a 24 hour service 365 days per year. The rescue team members are dedicated volunteers who place themselves in a hostile environment without hesitation, to care, support and evacuate injured hill walkers and climbers to hospital care.

The team work closely with multi-agency partners such as Tayside Police Search and Rescue Unit, RAF Search and Rescue, Scottish Ambulance Service and the Tayside Fire and Rescue Service.

But all of this comes at a cost.

The men and women from the TMR need trained in a vast range of skills from medical training in pre-hospital care to dealing with wilderness trauma and medical problems to assisting with suicide’s and people lost who are coping with metal health illnesses.

Summer or winter, team members need to know how to search and locate lost people but stay safe at the same time.

They need to learn to cope with harsh winter weather and travel safely in the Scottish winter mountains especially with avalanche threats and poor visibility.

To do their job the team needs to be properly clothed and equipped to cope with all the elements. Along with special rescue equipment and vehicles the TMR strive to function as an efficient emergency service.

You can find out more about the challenge at facebook.com/GlenClovaXtremeDuathlon