The Voice of (Un)Reason
I’m not what you’d call a typical Quadrathlete. If you had to pick a poster girl for this event, I definitely wouldn’t be it: I don’t run unless it’s for a bus. I’m not a gym bunny and my idea of exercise is a brisk walk to the fridge.
So why sign up to one of Scotland’s toughest endurance events? Well, probably for the same reason you’re thinking about it. I wondered if I could. If my colleagues were doing it and other people could do it, then why couldn’t I?
I voiced my interest to friends and family and received a pretty sceptical response. “Hiking seven Munros? In one day?!” they cried, as if I didn’t quite comprehend what the number seven meant. Throw in a swim and kayak across Loch Tay, and a cycle all the way around it, and it seemed even crazier.
But the more they questioned my ability to complete this challenge, the more resolute I became. It was crazy and I was unfit but, I was going to do this. If only to prove them wrong. If only to prove myself wrong.
This was in 2012 and by January 2013 it had become a reality. I signed up, roped in a partner, and started the madness of training and sorting out appropriate kit. What an experience my first day of training was. There was plenty of sweat—and a few tears—but it was absolutely worth it.
Spurred on by the friends and family who thought I was mad, I succeeded in completing the 2013 Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon. I might have been nine hours behind those gym-loving winners, but I did it. I succeeded in the challenge—I not only conquered the Quadrathlon, but demolished my own self-doubt!
I cannot recommend this event enough. If you’re curious about it—if you are truly considering whether you can complete this—then you’re already there. You just need to sign up. And if I can’t convince you, then I’ll leave you with a parting tale that might.
At the end of that year, as the new year bells signalled the start of 2014, my sceptical friend who’d watched me struggle around Loch Tay turned to me and said “I’ve made a New Year’s resolution, Michelle. This year I think we should do the Quadrathlon…”
Good luck budding Quadrathletes!
Mary’s Meals is a global movement that sets up school feeding programmes in some of the world’s poorest communities, where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.
It’s a simple idea that works. We provide one daily meal in a place of learning in order to attract chronically hungry children into the classroom, where they receive a vital education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.
As a result of funds raised from the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathalon more than £266,000 has been raised, feeding over 12,000 children every day in their place of learning.
Today, we are reaching over 920,000 children with a nutritious daily meal in places of learning across five continents.
The average worldwide cost for us to feed a child for a whole school year is just £12.20. Wherever possible, Mary’s Meals uses locally grown food to support the local economy and engages local community volunteers to prepare and serve the meals.
We work hard to keep our running costs low and to ensure that at least 93p of every £1 donated to us is spent directly on our charitable work. This is only possible because most of our work is done by an army of volunteers.
Visit www.marysmeals.org.uk to find out more.
Join Mike Tindall MBE and sign up for one of UK’s toughest endurance challenges
Next year will see former English rugby captain and World Cup winner, Mike Tindall MBE, participating in the Quad in the Scottish Highlands.
A 24km run over 7 peaks, a 1.35km swim, an 11km kayaking stint; and a 54km bike ride – all this makes up one of the toughest one-day endurance challenges in the UK – the Quadrathlon.
Mike played outside centre for Bath Rugby and Gloucester Rugby and was part of the 2003 World Cup winning English rugby squad. His career as a professional rugby player has seen him secure an impressive 75 England caps and 285 club caps.
If you’re up for the challenge and would like the chance to compete against a World Cup winner, join us at an event in London on 3 November 2014 to find out more.
Date: Monday 3 November 2014
Location: Artemis Investment Management, Cassini House, 57 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1LD
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Noon on Monday 3 November to book your place. (Places are limited so serious participants are urged to RSVP as soon as possible)
The Quadrathlon can be completed by teams of two or relay teams. There are also discounts available to companies who submit multiple (perhaps competing?) teams. Challenge your friends and work colleagues using #QuadNom!
The Quadrathlon benefits two charities – Mercy Corps and Mary’s Meals – and as part of the challenge, all participates are required to fundraise. Mercy Corps is an international development charity working in over 40 countries worldwide helping people to turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Mary’s Meals is an international movement to set up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.
For more information: http://www.artemisgreatkindrochit.com/
Thinking of doing the 2015 Quadrathlon or done it before and want to encourage a friend or family member to take part? Nominate your toughest, fittest or most determined friend to take on the Quad next year. Use #quadnom and their Twitter handle or Facebook name, include @wildfoxevents and we will retweet and repost it for all the world to see. Then theres no getting out of it!
At WildFox Events we pride ourselves on delivering a fantastic event every year. Don’t just take our word for it though, here’s a small selection of feedback from our 2014 participants:
“Thanks for the weekend from Team Spencers. A truly fantastic event. The whole thing was superbly organised and the whole support team were simply amazing, particularly the weather beaten ones giving encouragement and help at the top of the mountains.” Bob Spencer - Participant 2014
“Thanks to WildFox Events and their amazing support teams. With an extra thanks to the volunteers who stood out in the horrendous freezing weather at the tops of the mountains all day to guide, encourage and keep us safe all while cheering, clapping and smiling all day long. You guys deserve a medal. Thank you.” Tim Fae Dundee - Participant 2014
“A huge thank you from team ‘Mr&Mrs’ for a fantastic day yesterday. A truly magnificent event with the slickest organisation, the best marshalls/volunteers/masseurs/chefs/ musicians/mountain rescue team/participants/fireworks/melons/cake…....the list could go on. No stone was left unturned, everything was geared to maximise the participants’ comfort and care. WildFox ROCKS!!!! We love you!”. Morag Anderson - Participant 2014
Every year we aim to make it a bigger and better event, 2015 will not disappoint and we guarantee the sun will shine this time!
2014 AGKQ WINNERS
FASTEST TEAM - Jonathon MacNeal and Angus Thomson - More partner swaps than Katie Price - 9:42
RUNNER UP TEAM - Chad Harrison and Sam Strong - Strong CRM - 9:50
FASTEST LADIES TEAM - Janine Inman and Heather Hartman - Glory Mums - 10:58
FASTEST MIXED TEAM - Kirsty Ferguson and Andrew Ferguson - The Mackfergs - 11:02
FASTEST SWIMMER - James Hood - Flex Those Quadriceps - 00:20:23
OLDEST PARTICIPANT - Alison Stewart (63) - 15:15
Local lady proves age is no barrier as she tackles Scotland’s toughest one day endurance event.
Alison Stewart (63) from Ballinluig proves age is no barrier to people interested in taking on tough endurance challenges by tackling the grueling Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon yesterday. Alison and her partner, Anita Prentice from Grantully, together called team Woz this your idea? made it round the route in 15 hours 15 minutes.
“It was one of the toughest challenges we have faced and despite the poor weather, our unbreakable team spirit got us round the route and eventually to the finish line”, commented Alison.
Alison showed many of the younger competitors how it’s done by finishing ahead of 60 others, many half her age. Her partner Anita helped lead the way in the swim and was the first lady out of the water with an impressive time of 22 minutes and 11 seconds.
Billed as Scotland’s toughest one-day event the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon (the Quad for short) is a 0.8 mile swim across Loch Tay, 16 mile hike/run over 7 munros (including 2500 metres of ascent), 7 mile kayak and 34 mile cycle around the stunning Loch Tay. The event is organised by Perthshire based WildFox Events and this year aims to raise more than £250,000 for two charities.
Asked if age matters when it comes to an event like this, Alison said “Well, as it was discussed on Woman’s Hour theother week that ‘40 is the new 60’, then Anita & I are well matched – so long as 20 isn’t the new 40 too! But Anita was wonderfully patient and encouraging, especially when she called ‘Well done, granny’! ”
Supporting Alison on the day was her husband Norman, some friends who were out along the route and her Killin based grandchildren who were out cheering for her at various stages.
Fundraising is a big part of completing this event and Alison has had the help of some fantastic friends, Emma and Dave Ashcroft, who have helped her raise over £1000 through donations from friends attending her husband’s 80th birthday bash a few weeks ago and also by organising a Mad Hatters Tea Party.
You can support Alison and Anita by donating online.
Article written by Fiona Kirkwood, WildFox Events