Are you up for The Challenge?
The Nairnshire Challenge is a 30-mile sponsored duathlon organised annually by the Rotary Club of Nairn Charitable Trust (SCO# 27004) to raise money for charity.
The route of the Challenge wends its way through the length of the glorious Nairnshire countryside by foot and by bike, and is so popular it has become the third biggest annual event in Nairn’s calendar.
The Challenge is not a race but a personal challenge and begins with a run / jog / walk (depending on participants’ preference and abilities!) of 13 miles on tracks across the wilderness of the moors to Drynachan Lodge. Here participants change over to bikes and follow a picturesque 17 mile route on public roads through wooded Nairnshire to the seashore at the Links in Nairn.
Over the years an astonishing total of over £500,000 has been raised for worthy causes.
We welcome participants of all abilities who want to take up the Challenge – elite athletes and plodders alike. The Challenge is not a race! There’s no shame in completing the course in 6 hours or more – walking the foot section then plodding the bike section on an old mountain bike! Simply completing the course is an achievement in itself. Find out more about taking part.
We do believe in record-keeping, however, and results are published in the local press and on this website. For many people beating their own previous best is an additional incentive and target, whilst elite participants might set their sights on Kenny Riddle’s all-time best mark of 2:04:34, set in 2009.