Adventurer’s challenge

This Saturday, record-breaking Scottish adventurer and cyclist Mark Beaumont will set off on his major cross-Scotland charity challenge, which will see him going through Fettercairn and Stonehaven.

After months of intense training, including icy cold open water swims, Mark is now facing one of the most difficult and demanding adventures of his life as he endeavours to travel the 230 miles from Arran to Aberdeen by foot and in the water, in only 10 days.

On the final day of his challenge on Tuesday, June 18, Mark will make his way from Edzell Wood to Fettercairn and along Cairn O’Mount Road.

Running along the base of the fault line, he passes by Loch Saugh, runs through Fa’en Wood Brae and past Drumtochty Castle, towards Stonehaven. The final leg of his journey takes Mark on an arduous 15-mile run up toe coastline, passing Newtonhill and Cove Bay, to his final destination of Aberdeen.

He said: ‘‘Being involved in the STV Appeal has opened my eyes to the number of children in Scotland who are living in poverty. Youthbuild is a great example of how the money raised is helping to make a real difference in the lives of young people and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to visit the project first hand.”