If you’re looking to challenge yourself in 2019, while helping some of the world’s poorest children, then the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon could be for you. The Quad, organised by Wild Fox Events, starts on the south side of Loch Tay in Scotland on Saturday, 6 July – with funds raised from the endurance test going to Mary’s Meals and Mercy Corps.
Joe Black, 29, took part in the 2017 event and is now set to take on the 2019 Quad, which includes a 0.8-mile swim, a 15-mile walk over seven hills, a 34-mile cycle and a seven-mile kayak across Loch Tay. While the event may sound daunting, Joe encourages anyone interested to give it a go as he surprised himself two years ago.
“I think you read about the Quad and can feel intimidated by it, but as someone who has completed it, I’m telling you that you can do it. Knowing you are taking part to support the important work of Mary’s Meals also helps to keep you going,” Joe says.
He adds: “The swim was the scariest part for me because I have never swam that far before and in those conditions. When I got into the water in the morning, I remember thinking ‘I don’t know if I can do this’. But as soon as I finished the swim I knew the rest would be okay. The adrenaline really helps too, you look around and know that everyone is in it together.
“I’ll never forget the experience, getting into the water at 6am for the first part of the quad, the mist rising above Loch Tay, the pipes playing. It was incredible. It’s also a great way to take in the Scottish Highlands.”
Registration for the 2019 Quad is currently open, with places available on the bronze, silver and gold routes. And Joe has some helpful tips for anyone taking part this year. He says: “I would say that the hills are pretty tough, make sure you have experience of hill walking before. We actually had a training day on the hills that make up the Quad, so that really helped, I would recommend doing that if you are able to.
“Taking part in the Quad is an unforgettable experience.”