THIS summer, a world record breaking Scottish cyclist and adventurer will take on an enormous charity challenge, swimming and running the breadth of Scotland - and his route will take him through Fettercairn, Edzell and Stonehaven.
Mark Beaumont will follow the route of the Highland Boundary Fault Line, from the Isle of Arran to Stonehaven to raise money for children living in poverty in Scotland for the STV Appeal.
With just 10 days to complete his challenge, Mark will have to cross open sea three times, swim 10km across Scotland’s biggest loch and he will also endure ultra-marathon runs over rough terrain and mountain climbs, making it one of his most difficult and demanding adventures in his career to date.
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. STV’s cameras will capture his every step – and stroke – for a programme to be aired later this year.
With the challenge date still to be announced, Mark had begun an intense training regime on land and in water to build up the skill and stamina needed for the enormous task ahead.
Elizabeth Partyka of STV Appeal said: “We’re very excited to have Mark on board and we are all in awe of the gigantic challenge he’s about to take on.
“Mark will pass through a raft of local communities on his journey from Arran to Aberdeen, so this is a great opportunity to get involved and help raise funds for children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. And of course to cheer Mark on.”
If your business, school or community group would like to get involved with Mark’s challenge and help raise funds for STV Appeal, contact campaign manager Ami Anderson or call 0141 300 3729.
STV Appeal 2013 is now under way with a host of fundraising activities and engaging programming to be rolled out throughout the year. For more information and to download a fundraising pack, go to STV Appeal online.
n To support Mark’s challenge and make a donation to the STV Appeal, visit Mark’s JustGiving page.