Yesterday, on Sunday 25th of April, Peter Ogilvy-Wedderburn and Oliver Tillard ran a mega marathon over four islands on the West Coast of Scotland and have now raised almost £4,000 for Fishing for Schools. You can still sponsor Peter and Oliver, please visit their Just Giving pages at:
Peter and Oliver ran the 26.2-mile route over the rugged and hilly terrain of Seil, Luing, Scarba and a section of Jura and the mainland. It took the duo a total time of 4 hours and 45 minutes, which is an incredible achievement, all in aid of our work at Fishing for Schools.
The pair started on the mainland, from the beautiful Ardmaddy Estate, and made their way to Seil. Their route on Seil then took them through the Ardencaple Estate, previously owned by Frances Shand Kydd, from which they arrived at the Cuan Ferry where the pair travelled to Luing. Peter and Oliver then ran the length of Luing on road and rough track. Finally, they took a short boat trip so that they could continue onto the uninhabited island of Scarba – full of goats, red deer and sea eagles.
On the south side of Scarba the pair were picked up by boat and headed to the north end of Jura, navigating the notorious Corryvreckan whirlpool on the way. Their final leg took the pair south down Jura and eventually they arrived at Ardlussa Pier for gin and tonics and a North Atlantic ice bath!
Charles Jardine, Founder and Director of Fishing for Schools, said: “Having now undertaken five marathons I know only too, painfully, well just what an amazing run this was. The time, given the terrain, was laudable and proves that Peter and Oliver didn’t dawdle, dally or fish along the way. On behalf of everyone connected with Fishing for Schools I would like to very seriously thank both these wonderful athletes for what they have done for us.”
Peter said: “Oliver and I have been planning this route since last year and I am relieved it all came together on the day. Everything from the weather to the logistics were spot on which made for a very special day. The last few miles on Jura were pretty gruelling but knowing we were running it for such a wonderful cause really kept us going.”
Oliver added: ““It was wonderful to be able to undertake this challenge, amongst the great West Coast landscapes, whilst also being spurred on knowing we were raising money and awareness for a great cause.”
In October this year, Oliver will go onto run the Virgin Money London marathon. To follow the pair in their incredible fundraising challenges please visit their Just Giving pages:
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