Participants in the Nairnshire Challenge must ensure that they make adequate personal preparations for the event. Although all precautions (such as first aid support and sweep teams) are taken by the event organisers, remember that the course is a serious challenge, taking place on challenging terrain through countryside that is in places remote and exposed. In addition severe weather may be encountered. It is thus vitally important to be sure you are physically fit enough to undertake the Challenge. If any participant is in doubt of this they must consult with their doctor.
Nevertheless, a reasonably fit person with some preparation and intending to walk the foot section should be capable of completing the foot section in about 4.5 hours and the bike section in about 1.5 hours, allowing for an unhurried and enjoyable journey of about 6 hours.
Even if you are physically fit, it is important that you undergo training – for both running and cycling – well in advance of the Challenge. If you are not especially fit, tackle moderate distances initially, then increase the distances tackled gradually.
Participants should note that training on the foot section of the route across the Cawdor Estate is not permitted since the route crosses prime grouse moors where the birds will be laying and hatching. Nevertheless, it is important in your training to try to tackle ground that is similar to what you will encounter on the course. Running on tarmac roads and pavements is not adequate training for facing the rough, undulating landrover tracks on the course.
Training with your team members can give added stimulus and fun. More importantly, you will become familiar with one another’s physical capabilities and learn to spot the signs when one of you may be struggling somewhat.
Another important aspect of your preparation is to ensure that all your equipment is adequate and in good condition. It is especially important to pay attention to your bike, your footwear and your waterproof clothing. A more detailed breakdown of equipment can be found on the Safety and Event Procedure pages.