Press Release as follows
“A SPORTING event which has been put on hold for six years is to be resurrected this year and is back with a new sponsor.
And for the first time ever, the Glen Affric Duathlon which attracts hundreds of competitors and visitors to the area will now be held to raise money for charity.
The organisers of the race which incorporates a 7.5 mile hill run, followed by an 18 mile bike ride and 2.5 mile road and cross country run have teamed up with ABO Wind UK who are the main sponsor of the event.
And they are now encouraging people to get in touch and register for the race on April 25 which they promise will be the best ever.
Jim McAuley who sits on the race committee said: “We are delighted after contacting ABO Wind they have come on board and that we are able to bring this iconic race back to the area. This year will be even better than before. For the first time in its history we are able to introduce electronic timing which means we will be able to get results much faster than before.
“We are also hoping to make it a much more attractive event for the whole area and are organising a ceilidh on the Saturday evening following the race in that hope that more competitors and their supporters will stay in the stunning location and make the most of the surroundings. Now, we just need more people to enter. It’s a challenging but enjoyable race over mixed terrain, however it’s suitable for those interested in this type of race.”
Jim who has lived in Cannich for 17 years added: “We are also pleased that we have the input from ABO Wind as it means that for the first time ever we are able to incorporate a charity element to the race and are supporting Cash for Kids. In the past, all the money raised at the event was used to actually stage it, but this year, with such a generous donation from ABO Wind, we are able to help a good local cause. Having this input gives us hope that we can develop the event for future years to come.”
Tom Harrison, project manager for ABO Wind said: “We were keen to get involved and we are pleased the £4000 donation has meant the organisers are able to introduce a charity aspect and one which we support ourselves. We wish the competitors taking part all the best and hope they have a great race.”
Lyndsay Rose, charity manager with Cash For Kids said: “We are delighted that the duathlon committee have chosen Cash For Kids as a beneficiary. The money raised will go a long way to supporting vulnerable children in the local area.”