Mary’s Meals would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon on the weekend of July 14th.
A total of 260 brave souls took on what’s billed as the ‘UK’s toughest one day event’ to raise funds for Mary’s Meals and humanitarian charity Mercy Corps.
Running for 12 years, the event has hit an important milestone by raising a total of £5million for various charities since it first began in 2000.
The epic course, based around Scotland’s scenic Loch Tay, started off with a 0.8 mile dawn swim across the loch. That was followed by a 15 mile run/walk across seven Munroes, a 7 mile kayak and finished with a 34 mile cycle.
The athletes at this year’s event were well looked after by representatives from organiser WildFox Events. Competitors crossed the finish line by splitting a melon in two with a cavalry sword and then celebrated by watching a firework show on the loch and dancing reels to a ceilidh band.
The event, sponsored by Artemis, is a fantastic, fun way to fundraise as well as to gain a great sense of achievement.
Mary’s Meals’ own Fiona Gilmour, one of our Programmes Officers, took part in the Quad and said: “It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. It was a real thrill to complete the challenge and, knowing that while doing it you’re also raising funds for charity, just gives you a great boost!”
Money raised for Mary’s Meals will help feed over 10,000 children in Malawi for a whole school year.
Every school day Mary’s Meals feed over 650,000 children in 16 countries around the world. It’s a simple idea that works. Children are fed in schools in order to draw them into the classroom and help them gain an education which can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.
It costs Mary’s Meals just £10.70 to feed a child for a whole school year, so the funds raised at the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon will have a real impact. Thanks to all who took part and equally to those who were kind enough to sponsor the competitors.