Origins and Purpose
The first Nairnshire Challenge was organised in 1997 with the threefold purpose of 1). providing a personal fitness challenge to the local community, 2). raising money for local charities, and 3). to have fun! With that in mind the Challenge was not conceived as a race and we continue to stress it is not a race and there are no prizes for “winning”.
The course traverses the length of Nairnshire from the county’s most southerly point to its most northerly.. The route measures 30 miles in total, of which participants travel 12.3 miles on foot and 17.7 miles by bike.
The 2016 event will be the 19th Nairnshire Challenge. In the 18 Challenges to date a fabulous total of over £500,000 has been raised.
The Challenge is organised by the Rotary Club of Nairn Charitable Trust (SCO# 27004), an entirely voluntary organisation which is a member of Rotary International. Each team registering for the challenge raises their own sponsors and all monies raised go into the Rotary Club of Nairn’s Charitable Trust.
The cost of organising the Challenge is about £15,000. This figure is covered by team entry fees and direct support from commercial sponsors. The registration fee (currently £40 but with an early bird discount) is not refundable. Any surplus remaining is added to the Charitable Fund.
The organisers would like to give a BIG thank you to those who have helped and continue to support the event year after year.
The biggest thank you has to go to The Lord Cawdor and The Dowager Countess Cawdor for their continuing generosity in allowing us to stage the foot section across Cawdor Estate land, a stunning location which makes the event unique. Without their continuing generosity the event would not be possible in its present form. Do take a look at the Cawdor Estate website.
We also thank the small army of volunteers who, every year, so generously give their time to help organise and run the event, and the numerous trade organisations who provide services free of charge or at substantial discounts.