The Caledonian Challenge is the ultimate endurance test for those looking to increase their fitness levels this year and it has caught the eye of keen blogger Fiona Russell who may face up to the challenge in 2012.
Unlike other charity endurance events, the Caledonian Challenge requires months of dedicated training to complete the 54 mile trek in 24 hours.
The Caledonian Challenge was founded by two Scots, Angus MacDonald and Alex Blyth, in 1996. Inspired by a walking event in Hong Kong, they wanted to bring a similar challenge to Scotland’s rugged and beautiful West Highland region.
Billed as ‘The Walk of Your Life’ teams of 4-6 adults to complete a 54 mile course in 24 hours, whilst helping to support some of the UK’s most isolated communities.
The epic journey takes participants through some of Scotland’s most famous, remote, rugged and stunningly beautiful landscapes. Starting just north of Fort William at Gairlochy, teams will walk parts of the famous Great Glen Ways and West Highland Way footpaths via Checkpoints at Fort William, Kinlochleven, Glencoe Mountain Centre and Inveroran, before finishing the Challenge at Auchtertyre.
This year’s event will take place between June 16-17 2012 but the entry date closes on the 31st of March.
The Caledonian Challenge regularly raises £1million each year for the Scottish Community Foundation, helping enhance the lives of thousands of people in Scotland through much-needed local community based services and projects.
Since 1997 it has raised a total of more than £11m for the Foundation, helping fund projects that range from youth theatres to elderly support groups, drugs advice services to healthy eating initiatives.
Participants in the 2012 challenge can choose to take part in the full 54-mile hiking course, or else can opt to either run the 26-mile marathon section in 6 hours or complete a 26-mile hike in 12 hours.
Entrants are also being given the chance to determine which charities will benefit from the money they raise in 2012, thanks to a range of new fundraising options.
More information about the event, how to enter and fundraising details can be found on the website http://www.caledonianchallenge.com/take-part.html