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Published: 14 September 2023
Time to read: 2 mins

This year’s Great Glen Challenge took place on Friday 25 August, with Gillespie Macandrew as proud sponsors.  We fielded two teams for the event which included a 49km cycle, a 18km walk, a 6km kayak and culminated in a 17km run across the glorious countryside between Fort William and Fort Augustus.  The challenge is the flagship event of RSABI, a charity providing much-needed financial and practical support to those in the agricultural sector.  We were joined at the event by the talented team at OnFarm who recorded and produced a podcast capturing the spirit of the day and you can hear from participants (including some GM team members).

Listen to the OnFarm Podcast here

We were warmly welcomed by the charity’s Chair, Jimmy McLean at the start before our two cyclists, CEO Robert Graham-Campbell and Sam Conington, solicitor in our land and rural business team headed for the hills.  It was then the turn of our kayaking team members, rural solicitors, Jamie Seath and Alasdair Forsyth hit the water for a 6km kayak down the beautiful Loch Oich.  Shortly afterwards, our “Jens of the Glen” trainee solicitors, Jenna Wayth and Jenny Purdie set of for the walking part of the day.  Finally, our runners headed for the start line.  Partner in our land & rural business team and RSABI trustee, Lois Newton and associate in our land & rural business team, Elaine Kennedy-Walton took on the 17km run to Neptune’s Staircase in very soggy conditions but emerged smiling and happy with their achievement.

Following the event, the team was treated to some much-needed hot food and warmth in the Moorings Hotel before RSABI’s CEO Carol McLaren began the prizegiving.  Partner in our land & rural business team, Alan White, offered his thanks to all participating teams on behalf of GM and presented the medals to the teams that came out on top as well as the winners of each leg.

With 25 teams from across the rural industry signed up, the charity reached their impressive target of £50,000 following the event.  The RSABI team were supported by a group of volunteers who worked tirelessly to plan and execute a logistically challenging event and we are grateful to them for their efforts in making the day such a success. Follow the link below if you would like to read more about the RSABI Great Glen Challenge 2023.


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