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. Giving his trusted bike a rest, the unique expedition will see Mark swimming and running the breadth of Scotland, following the scenic Highland Boundary Fault Line from the Isle of Arran to Stonehaven, before finishing his epic journey in Aberdeen.
Hoping to complete the challenge in only 10 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 on the Isle of Bute, 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.”
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!”
Starting at Blackwaterfoot on Arran, Mark’s challenge will take him to Millstone Point, Scalpsie Bay, Rothersay, Ardberg, 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.
If your business, school or community group would like to get involved with Mark’s challenge and help raise funds for STV Appeal, please contact campaign manager Ami Anderson on ami.anderson(at)stv.tv or 0141 300 3729.
STV Appeal 2013 is now underway 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.tv/appeal.
To support Mark’s challenge and make a donation to the STV Appeal, visit Mark’s JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/markbeaumontSTVAppeal
For further information, please contact the STV press office:
About Mark Beaumont
Mark Beaumont is a record-breaking long-distance British cyclist, adventurer, broadcaster, documentary maker and author.
Adventuring since an early age, Mark was first inspired to go on expedition at the age of 12 after reading in a local newspaper about a cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Mark’s numerous televised expeditions include rowing through the Canadian Arctic, cycling from Alaska to Tierra del Fuago, climbing the highest peaks of the Americas and breaking the Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation by bicycle.
About STV Appeal
The STV Appeal is committed to helping children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. In its first two years the STV Appeal has raised £3.3 million. This has allowed us to invest in 98 big and small projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, helping over 9,000 children.
The STV Appeal works closely with Scotland’s leading experts in the field of child poverty, sharing knowledge and expertise with both small community groups and national charities on their experiences of addressing the challenges of child poverty in Scotland.
The STV Appeal was launched in 2011 by The Hunter Foundation and STV, and in its inaugural year raised almost £1.3m. The STV Appeal spends 100% of the money donated on the kids who most need it as all overheads are met by STV and THF. Every single penny raised stays in Scotland. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Scottish Government committed to match fund the total amount raised, up to £1m.
STV Appeal is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, number SC042429.
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