Stonehaven man set to tackle snow resort challenge

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A STONEHAVEN man has set himself a fundraising challenge with a difference.

Dave Jacobs, who is general manager at the Aberdeen Snowsports Centre, is preparing to cycle between each of the five snow resorts in Scotland and run to the top lift station at each – in five days.

His aim is to raise £18,000 to help towards purchasing a new minibus for the centre – an artificial ski slopes facility - enabling it to provide transport for school and community groups in Aberdeenshire who come for lessons.

Starting in Aberdeen on June 6, Dave will first tackle a 65 mile cycle to Glenshee before racing 1068m to the top. The following day, he will continue to the Lecht, a distance of 31 miles, then climb 823m to the top.

From there, Dave heads to Cairngorm, 40 miles away, with a top station of 1097m, then on his penultimate day will cycle 64 miles to Nevis Range and run up to a height of 1220m.

The last leg, to Glencoe, is a 33 mile cycle, while the top station is positioned at 1108m.

He said: “We need a mini bus desperately. The main issue with kids coming skiing and boarding through school is transport and so if we can provide this then more kids can come skiing/snowboarding.

“The kids that already come here, that are in our Kids’ Club sessions for freestyle and race, also require transport to get to the local ski resorts Glenshee and the Lecht plus other venues for competitions and training. So I thought of trying to raise some funds for a bus through doing a challenge and because I already do a fair bit of cycling and fell running, combining both, plus visiting all the resorts we go to in the season, seemed to be an ideal thing to do.”

To train, Dave has been making the most of local landmark Dunnottar Castle, by pounding up and down its 272 steps and running in the local hills.

He said: “I did a big cycle on Saturday to Aviemore in pretty rubbish windy weather over the Lecht, to give me an idea of what one of the toughest sections would be like.

“I’m feeling pretty good about it - I feel fit and have had a lot of support from people donating money and with kit required for the challenge from local shops like Craigdon, Cotswold, Edinburgh Cycles, Run4it and from Salomon UK.

“I think the hardest part will be trying not to drink too much beer after exercise, which I enjoy, the very hilly Lecht and Bridge of Brown section and running from almost sea level to the top of Anochmor in Fort William.”

Anyone wishing to donate to help Dave reach his target can do so via his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/DaveJacobs.

Companies pledging sizeable sums will have the opportunity to have their branding on the minibus. More information on this is available by contacting Dave on 01224810215 or by email at dave@aberdeensnowsports.com.