Mary’s Meals set to benefit from Scotland’s toughest one-day endurance event

Some of the world’s poorest children are set to benefit from a gruelling charity challenge that will raise funds for Mary’s Meals for the fourth year running. 

Rugby ace Mike Tindall MBE and Alpine ski champ Chemmy Alcott will go head-to-head with more than 300 quadrathletes next month as they hit the banks of Loch Tay to take on the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon.

The arduous one-day event is not for the faint hearted, comprising a 1.35km open water swim in Loch Tay; a 24km run taking in seven Munros; an 11km kayak; and a 54km cycle to the finish line. However, the valiant efforts of the participants are expected to raise around £250,000 to be split between the event’s charity partners; Mercy Corps and Mary’s Meals.

The 15th annual Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon will take place on Saturday 11th July and is organised by Perthshire-based WildFox Events. Over the years, WildFox has raised more than £20 million for charities through its suite of adventure challenge events.

Previous participants from the world of sport and adventure include Mark Beaumont and Rob Wainwright. 

This year, recently retired world cup rugby player Mike Tindall MBE is pairing up with former Scottish international scrumhalf Rory Lawson, while Chemmy Alcott is entering with her skier spouse and Britain’s number one downhill skier, Dougie Crawford. Each team must consist of at least two people. 

Mike Tindall, Artemis ambassador and Quadrathlon hopeful, said: “I’ve been kept quite busy since stepping down from professional rugby, between The Jump and Mission Survive, but I don’t know if any of that has quite prepared me for the wilds of Scotland!

“It’s impressive that so many have committed to the event and are up for the challenge. Hopefully we can make it to the finish line with our dignity intact and having completed the whole course.  I also hope that through all the fundraising efforts across the competitors, a life-changing amount of money will be raised for two great charities, Mercy Corps and Mary’s Meals.”

On reaching the finish line, each team must chop a watermelon in half with a sword by way of completing the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathon


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