Granite Challenge returns to the Broch

For a good cause!: Pictured are cyclists from last years event making their way through the underpass in the Broch
For a good cause!: Pictured are cyclists from last years event making their way through the underpass in the Broch

Back by popular demand, ‘The Granite Challenge’ which begins in Fraserburgh, is once again set to attract walkers, runners and bikers from across the North East in this its second year.

Despite some inclement weather, the first event took place on June 18 last year and was a great success with 115 participants taking part and all of them finishing the challenge safely.

Participants came from all over Scotland but with the majority coming from the North East of Scotland region.

There was a good spread of participants in each category and a welcome mix of male and female challengers and finish time abilities.

The inaugural event last summer a raised in excess of £16,000 for leading charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland as organiser Paul Corrigan, Senior Regional Fundraiser explained: “The Granite Challenge is a genuinely achievable challenge for any reasonably fit person who is determined and ‘tough enough’ and welcomes everyone to take part.

“The 40 mile off-road route follows the route of the stunning Formartine and Buchan Way through the heart of Aberdeenshire. The event starts off in Fraserburgh on the North Sea and finishing at Dyce with a transition point at Maud, fifteen miles inland.

“The runninh/cycling/walking event is open to individuals, pairs and teams of three who can choose one of three challenge categories:

•The Duathlon Challenge: Run 15 miles then bike 25 miles

•The Bike Challenge: Bike 40 miles

•The Hike & Bike Challenge: Walk 15 miles then bike 25 miles.

Taking place on Saturday June 16, the event is a great opportunity for participants to complete a genuine North East challenge and enjoy the spectacular scenery in this area and at the same time help improve the lives of people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness by raising funds and vital awareness for the charity.

“All participants will receive a special Granite Challenge memento, a quality goody bag and refreshments and there is full event support along the whole route.”

If you think you are ‘tough enough’ for the Granite Challenge or would like to find out more please see the website www.thegranitechallenge.com or call Paul or Val on 0300 1212 777 for more information.

The event is a charity fundraising event with all proceeds from the event going to the registered Scottish Charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) who are the sole organisers of the event.