This summer, world record breaking Scottish cyclist and adventurer Mark Beaumont will face one of the biggest challenges of his life to support STV Appeal 2013 - swimming and running the breadth of Scotland.
Hoping to complete the challenge in only ten days, Mark is set to cross the open sea three times and swim across Scotland’s biggest Loch, facing extreme cold, exhaustion and his fears. Mark’s toughest mission will be a six mile swim from Millstone Point on Arran to Scalpsie Bay, a gruelling task which has never been attempted before.
He will also endure ultra-marathon runs, over rough terrain and mountain climbs, making it one of his most difficult and demanding adventures so far.
Along the way, Mark will stop to meet with people, schools and local community groups who have all done their bit to raise funds for STV Appeal, and STV’s cameras will capture his every step – and stroke – for an STV Appeal programme later this year.
With the challenge only a few months away, Mark is following an intense training regime on land and in water to build up the skill and stamina needed for the enormous task ahead.
Mark Beaumont said: “I have never been a strong swimmer and only ever run as a small part of my expedition training, and so this mammoth Highland Line Challenge is genuinely terrifying. As a major charity challenge for the STV Appeal, I wanted to create something which was a real test, and that will capture the imagination of supporters across Scotland.
“In truth I don’t yet know if I am capable of this, but I am putting my absolute all into training and have a great team in support. After the scare of capsizing mid Atlantic, I never imagined I would be committing to an open water 10km swim! But it will all be worth it when we can raise as much as possible for Scottish children who are living in poverty.”
Starting at Blackwaterfoot on Arran, Mark’s challenge will take him to Millstone Point, Scalpsie Bay, Rothesay, Ardbeg, Dunoon, Ardentinny, Coulport, Garelochhead, Luss, Balmaha, Balleich, Aberfoyle, Callander, Dunblane, Gleneagles, Crieff, Dunkeld, Blairgowrie, Kirriemuir, Edzell, Fettercairn and Stonehaven, before arriving at his final destination of Aberdeen.
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