From the Ullapool News out on Friday 22 July 2016
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CHARITY WALKERS SIGN UP FOR WESTER ROSS EVENT
Great Wilderness Challenge Caters For All Abilities
Hundreds of walkers and runners will line up at Poolewe, Wester Ross on Saturday 13th August for the 31st staging of this popular fundraising event which so far has raised almost £3.5 million for charity. Organisers are optimistic of another financial success as entries pour in for the various walks and runs.
Highland Hospice, the charity which first prompted the idea of staging the event 30 years ago, continues to be the main annual beneficiary of funds raised by the event, receiving £80,000 in 2015 and over £1.1 million since 1986. Several other health related charities are also supported, including Cardiac Risk in the Young.
The Challenge is an inclusive, friendly community event held among stunning scenery, totally organised by volunteers, with all funds going directly to charity. It includes walks and runs (25, 13 and 7 miles) to suit most capabilities and fitness levels. This year a further dimension has been added to cater for Limited Mobility walkers (with carer and wheelchair support if required) – with the advent of two new low level routes of 1.4 and 2.8 miles. Several entries in already - including one 90 year old gentleman!
Our very own Ullapool News printer Jim Lavelle (pictured) has been a marshal at the event for over 30 years) and is the official starter of the 25 mile race and walk at Dundonnell every year.
Ullapool resident Tom Grant (Wester Ross Athletics) is also pictured at Carnmore causeway last year; he finished 4th in the 25 mile race, and is entered for it again this year.
Some fantastic fundraisers from Ullapool over the years, with the late Dorrie Urquhart, Iain “Dulcie” Macdonald and Louise Mackenzie having raised in excess of £10,000 each.