Adventurer Mark Beaumont, who visited Bute in June at the start of his epic Highland Line charity trek across Scotland, has been chosen to front TV coverage of the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Mark will present coverage of the relay across BBC television and radio from the start of its journey on October 9, when the Queen places her message within the baton to launch it on its special international tour, visiting 71 nations and territories and travelling 190,000 kilometres in 288 days, until its arrival in Scotland next June.
Bute will play a small but significant role in the build-up to next year’s Games in the next few days, when the event’s mascot, Clyde, visits Rothesay Primary on Monday, August 19 - the first stop on a two-week tour of primary schools across the country aiming to introduce young people to the Games.
Mark’s Highland Line challenge saw him swim from Arran to Bute on Sunday, June 2, arriving ashore at Dunagoil on the second day of a week-long run and cycle in aid of the STV Appeal.
That night he was welcomed to Bute at an open-air party in Guildford Square organised by the Rotary Club of Rothesay, while the following day he was joined by pupils from Rothesay Academy for part of his run from Dunagoil to Ardbeg, which also saw pupils from the island’s three primary schools turn out to lend their support.
Besides his Highland Line charity adventure, Mark is also best known for setting a new record time for cycling round the world by bike in the 2008 BBC series The Man Who Cycled The World, and for the follow-up series The Man Who Cycled The Americas (2010) and Rowing The Arctic (2011).